Mutation Based Testing of P Systems


  • Florentin Ipate The University of Pitesti Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science Str Targu din Vale 1, 110040 Pitesti
  • Marian Gheorghe The University of Sheffield Department of Computer Science Regent Court, Portobello Street, Sheffield S1 4DP, UK


mutation testing, P systems, Kripke structures, context-free grammars


Although testing is an essential part of software development, until re- cently, P system testing has been completely neglected. Mutation testing (mutation analysis) is a structural software testing method which involves modifying the pro- gram in small ways. In this paper, we provide a formal way of generating mutants for systems specified by context-free grammars. Furthermore, the paper shows how the proposed method can be used to construct mutants for a P system specification.


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