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The category-partition method for specifying and generating fuctional tests

By T. J. Ostrand, M. J. Balcer

Communications of the ACM, Vol. 31 No. 6, Pages 676-686

A method for creating functional test suites has been developed in which a test engineer analyzes the system specification, writes a series of formal test specifications, and then uses a generator tool to produce test descriptions from which test scripts are written. The advantages of this method are that the tester can easily modify the test specification when necessary, and can control the complexity and number of the tests by annotating the tests specification with constraints.

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