Infrastructure Support for Controlled Experimentation with Software Testing and Regression Testing Techniques
H. Do, G. Rothermel, and S. Elbaum
Technical Report 04-60-01
Department of Computer Science, Oregon State University, January 2004.

Abstract

Where the development, understanding, and assessment of software testing and regression testing techniques are concerned, controlled experimentation is an indispensable research methodology. Obtaining the infrastructure necessary to support rigorous controlled experimentation with testing techniques, however, is difficult and expensive. As a result, progress in experimentation with testing techniques has been slow, and empirical data on the costs and effectiveness of testing techniques remains relatively scarce. To help address this problem, we have been designing and constructing infrastructure to support controlled experimentation with software testing and regression testing techniques. This paper reports on the challenges faced by researchers experimenting with testing techniques, including those that inform the design of our infrastructure. The paper then describes the infrastructure that we are creating in response to these challenges, and that we are now making available to other researchers, and discusses the impact that this infrastructure has and can be expected to have on controlled experimentation with testing techniques.