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The test case execution order affects the time at which the objectives of testing are met. If the objective is fault detection, an inappropriate execution order might reveal most faults late, thus delaying the bug fixing activity and eventually the delivery of the software. Prioritizing the test cases so as to optimize the achievement of the testing goal has potentially a positive impact on the testing costs, especially when the test execution time is long. Test engineers often possess relevantdoi:10.1109/icsm.2006.74 dblp:conf/icsm/TonellaAS06 fatcat:dxkmc3vfqzeonm4zzcjeyndxaa