Applied Mathematics & Information Sciences

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Mutation testing is a software testing technique that ameliorates the quality and reliability of critical software. This paper presents a mutation testing technique based on the concept of the same mutation operator under similar conditions occuring at different locations in the program. In the proposed technique, we assemble the tantamount behaviour of mutants under a group and a single mutant is selected from the group for performing mutation testing. The benefits of the proposed approach are a reduction in time, cost and effort.

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