Property-Based Testing: a New Approach to Testing for Assurance


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The goal of software testing analysis is to validate that an implementation satisfies its specifications. Many errors in software are caused by generalizable flaws in the source code. Property-based testing assures that a given program is free of specified generic flaws. Property-based testing uses property specifications and a data-flow analysis of the program to guide evaluation of test executions for correctness and completeness.