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"Automated Data Collection, Computation and Reporting of Content Space Coverage Metrics for Software Products" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventors Boden, Edward B. (Highland, NY); Hansen, Robert C. (Endicott, NY); Pioli, Anthony F. (Bedford, MA), filed on January 15, 2013, was made available online on July 24, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to International Business Machines Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates generally to processing within a computing environment, and more particularly to automated data collection, computation and reporting of content space coverage metrics for software products.

"A new metric is being adopted to help measure the completeness and effectiveness of software product testing, test automation, Functional Verification Testing (FVT) and System Verification Testing (SVT). This metric is called 'content coverage' in short-hand form. A full name would be 'content space coverage.' It is based on the idea and processes concerning (software product) content spaces. The term 'content coverage' is meant to convey parallels and analogs with the 'code coverage' metrics. These two coverage metrics express what percentage of an underlying measurement basis has been tested, or tested successfully, or failed, etc. The basis for code coverage is the code itself, at varying levels of detail (e.g., class, entry point, block, line of code). The basis for content coverage is the content space for the software product (or component), at varying levels of detail (noun group, noun, verb, interface, platform, requirement, etc.)"

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "An embodiment includes a computer implemented method. The method includes receiving one or more test results and one or more user stories. For each test result in the one or more test results a set of content space coordinates of the one or more test results is compared to a set of content space coordinates of the one or more user stories. Based on the comparison it is determined if one or more user stories have been tested. One or more results of the comparison are then stored.

"Another embodiment includes a system, the system including a content coverage module circuit configured to receive one or more test results and one or more user stories. For each test result in the one or more test results the content coverage module circuit is further configured to compare a set of content space coordinates of the one or more test results to a set of content space coordinates of the one or more user stories. The system determines if one or more user stories have been tested based on the comparison, and the results are stored.

"Yet another embodiment includes a computer program product. The computer program product includes a tangible storage medium readable by a processing circuit and storing instructions for execution by the processing circuit for performing a method. The method includes receiving one or more test results and one or more user stories. For each test result in the one or more test results a set of content space coordinates of the one or more test results is compared to a set of content space coordinates of the one or more user stories. Based on the comparison it is determined if one or more user stories have been tested. One or more results of the comparison are then stored.

"Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention. For a better understanding of the invention with advantages and features, refer to the description and to the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"Referring now to the drawings wherein like elements are numbered alike in the several FIGURES:

"FIG. 1 depicts a schematic diagram of a system for automated data collection, computation, and reporting of content space coverage metrics that may be implemented by an embodiment;

"FIG. 2 depicts a schematic diagram of a content coverage module in an embodiment; and

"FIG. 3 depicts a process flow for automated data collection, computation, and reporting of content space coverage metrics."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Boden, Edward B.; Hansen, Robert C.; Pioli, Anthony F. Automated Data Collection, Computation and Reporting of Content Space Coverage Metrics for Software Products. Filed January 15, 2013 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=165&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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