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Error trapping and metamorphic testing for spreadsheet failure detection

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posted on 17.07.2018, 00:00 by Pak Poon, H Liu, TY Chen
This study deepens the research on error trapping (ET) and metamorphic testing (MT) for detecting spreadsheet failures. It is observed that some spreadsheet developers and testers are confused between ET and MT, because the two techniques are similar to each other in some aspects. Inspired by the observation, this paper first outlines the main concepts of ET and MT using several examples for illustration. This is followed by discussing an experiment with a view to investigating and comparing the failure detection capabilities of the two techniques. The results of the experiment indicate that neither technique is sufficient in spreadsheet testing. Rather, ET and MT are complementary and they should be used together in spreadsheet testing whenever possible.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

29

Issue

2

Start Page

25

End Page

42

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

1546-5012

ISSN

1546-2234

Publisher

IGI Global

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Organizational and End User Computing

Exports

CQUniversity

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