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Great question. I see two issues, as follows. Using random data may lead to unrepeatable results. You can mitigate this by logging (or otherwise recording) every random choice you make, and then playing those choices back. That could be as easy as recording the initial seed to your random number generator, assuming your data does not change over time. ...


However you obtain test data, you would like to know that it is appropriate to the intention of the tests. When the test data is defined outside of the tests themselves, there is always the chance that the data will drift away from the intentions of the tests. The chance increases if the data is maintained by someone other than the test automators. If you ...

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