Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Computer Science


James H. Andrews


Software testing is an indispensable part of software development process. The main goal of a test engineer is to choose a subset of test cases which reveal most of the faults in a program. Coverage measure could be used to evaluate how good the selected subset of test cases is. Test case coverage for a program was traditionally calculated from the white box (internal structure) perspective. However, test cases are usually constructed to test particular functionality of a program, therefore having a technique to calculate coverage from the functionality (black box) perspective will be beneficial for a test engineer. In this thesis we discuss a methodology of recording and evaluating the black box coverage for a program. We also implement a black box coverage calculation tool and perform experiments with it using three subject programs. We then collect and analyze experimental data and show the relationship between the two types of coverage and the fault-finding ability of a test suite.



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