A New Way for User's Web Communication Visualization and Measurement: Modeling, Experiment and Application

Tao QIN  Wei LI  Chenxu WANG  Xingjun ZHANG  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E97-B   No.4   pp.730-737
Publication Date: 2014/04/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E97.B.730
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Network
web communication,  behavior spectrum,  visualization and measurement,  clustering,  traffic monitoring,  

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With the ever-growing prevalence of web 2.0, users can access information and resources easily and ubiquitously. It becomes increasingly important to understand the characteristics of user's complex behavior for efficient network management and security monitoring. In this paper, we develop a novel method to visualize and measure user's web-communication-behavior character in large-scale networks. First, we employ the active and passive monitoring methods to collect more than 20,000 IP addresses providing web services, which are divided into 12 types according to the content they provide, e.g. News, music, movie and etc, and then the IP address library is established with elements as (servicetype, IPaddress). User's behaviors are complex as they stay in multiple service types during any specific time period, we propose the behavior spectrum to model this kind of behavior characteristics in an easily understandable way. Secondly, two kinds of user's behavior characters are analyzed: the character at particular time instants and the dynamic changing characters among continuous time points. We then employ Renyi cross entropy to classify the users into different groups with the expectation that users in the same groups have similar behavior profiles. Finally, we demonstrated the application of behavior spectrum in profiling network traffic patterns and finding illegal users. The efficiency and correctness of the proposed methods are verified by the experimental results using the actual traffic traces collected from the Northwest Regional Center of China Education and Research Network (CERNET).