A Prioritization Method for SPL Pairwise Testing Based on User Profiles

Hirofumi Akimoto, Yuto Isogami, Takashi Kitamura, Natsuko Noda, Tomoji Kishi

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In Software Product Line (SPL) development, one of promising techniques for core asset testing is to test a subset of SPL as representative products. SPL pairwise testing is a such technique in which each product corresponds to a possible feature configuration in the feature model (FM) and representative products are selected so as to all possible feature pairs are included. It is also important to prioritize representative products, because it could improve the effectiveness of core asset testing especially when the testing resource is limited. In this paper, we propose a prioritization method for SPL pairwise testing based on user profiles. A user profile is a set of user groups and their occurrence probabilities such as the percentages of user groups in a market that use specific devices, applications or services. These profiles are used as the probabilities of feature choices at decision points such as optional features and alternative features in a FM. Based on that, we calculate the probability for obtaining a feature pairs (PFP for short), and generate representative products with priority. Most researches relate to the probabilities about FM handle the probability for obtaining a single feature (PSF for short). Based on PSF, we could estimate PFP. However, this estimation is not appropriate for the prioritization especially when conditional probabilities appear in user profiles. In our method, we directly calculate PFP and determine the priorities. We evaluate the method to show advantages of prioritizations using PFP over those using PSF, and also analyze the characteristics of the method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2019 26th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC 2019
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781728146485
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC 2019 - Putrajaya, Malaysia
Duration: 2019 Dec 22019 Dec 5

Publication series

NameProceedings - Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC
ISSN (Print)1530-1362


Conference26th Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC 2019


  • pairwise testing
  • software product lines
  • test case prioritization
  • user profiles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software


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