Formalisation of an Adaptive State Counting Algorithm

Robert Sachtleben

16 August 2019

Abstract

This entry provides a formalisation of a refinement of an adaptive state counting algorithm, used to test for reduction between finite state machines. The algorithm has been originally presented by Hierons in the paper Testing from a Non-Deterministic Finite State Machine Using Adaptive State Counting. Definitions for finite state machines and adaptive test cases are given and many useful theorems are derived from these. The algorithm is formalised using mutually recursive functions, for which it is proven that the generated test suite is sufficient to test for reduction against finite state machines of a certain fault domain. Additionally, the algorithm is specified in a simple WHILE-language and its correctness is shown using Hoare-logic.
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