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Advances in Software Engineering
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 428521, 18 pages
Research Article

Automated Test Case Prioritization with Reactive GRASP

Optimization in Software Engineering Group (GOES.UECE), Natural and Intelligent Computing Lab (LACONI), State University of Ceará (UECE), Avenue Paranjana 1700, Fortaleza, 60740-903 Ceará, Brazil

Received 15 June 2009; Revised 17 September 2009; Accepted 14 October 2009

Academic Editor: Phillip Laplante

Copyright © 2010 Camila Loiola Brito Maia et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Modifications in software can affect some functionality that had been working until that point. In order to detect such a problem, the ideal solution would be testing the whole system once again, but there may be insufficient time or resources for this approach. An alternative solution is to order the test cases so that the most beneficial tests are executed first, in such a way only a subset of the test cases can be executed with little lost of effectiveness. Such a technique is known as regression test case prioritization. In this paper, we propose the use of the Reactive GRASP metaheuristic to prioritize test cases. We also compare this metaheuristic with other search-based algorithms previously described in literature. Five programs were used in the experiments. The experimental results demonstrated good coverage performance with some time overhead for the proposed technique. It also demonstrated a high stability of the results generated by the proposed approach.