An efficient strategy for covering array construction with fuzzy logic-based adaptive swarm optimization for software testing use
Health, Engineering and Science
School of Engineering
Recent research activities have demonstrated the effective application of combinatorial optimization in different areas, especially in software testing. Covering array (CA) has been introduced as a representation of the combinations in one complete set. CAλ(N; t, k, v) is an N × k array in which each t-tuple for an N × t sub array occurs at least λ times, where t is the combination strength, k is the number of components (factors), and v is the number of symbols for each component (levels). Generating an optimized covering array for a specific number of k and v is difficult because the problem is a non-deterministic polynomial-time hard computational one. To address this issue, many relevant strategies have been developed, including stochastic population-based algorithms. This paper presents a new and effective approach for constructing efficient covering arrays through fuzzy-based, adaptive particle swarm optimization (PSO). With this approach, efficient covering arrays have been constructed and the performance of PSO has been improved for this type of application. To measure the effectiveness of the technique, an empirical study is conducted on a software system. The technique proves its effectiveness through the conducted case study.