A novel approach to collaborative testing in a crowdsourcing environment

TitleA novel approach to collaborative testing in a crowdsourcing environment
Publication TypeWeb Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsTung Y-H, Tseng S-S

Software testing processes are generally labor-intensive and often involve substantial collaboration among testers, developers, and even users. However, considerable human resource capacity exists on the Internet in social networks, expert communities, or internet forums—referred to as crowds. Effectively using crowd resources to support collaborative testing is an interesting and challenging topic. This paper defines the collaborative testing problem in a crowd environment as an NP-Complete job assignment problem and formulates it as an integer linear programming (ILP) problem. Although package tools can be used to obtain the optimal solution to an ILP problem, computational complexity makes these tools unsuitable for solving large-scale problems. This study uses a greedy approach with four heuristic strategies to solve the problem. This is called the crowdsourcing-based collaborative testing approach. This approach includes two phases, training phase and testing phase. The training phase transforms the original problem into an ILP problem. The testing phase solves the ILP using heuristic strategies. A prototype system, called the Collaborative Testing System (COTS), is also implemented. The experiment results show that the proposed heuristic algorithms produce good quality approximate solutions in an acceptable timeframe.