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Internet traffic classification using machine learning : a token-based approach
conference contributionposted on 2011-01-01, 00:00 authored by Yu Wang, Yang Xiang, S Yu
Due to the increasing unreliability of traditional port-based methods, Internet traffic classification has attracted a lot of research efforts in recent years. Quite a lot of previous papers have focused on using statistical characteristics as discriminators and applying machine learning techniques to classify the traffic flows. In this paper, we propose a novel machine learning based approach where the features are extracted from packet payload instead of flow statistics. Specifically, every flow is represented by a feature vector, in which each item indicates the occurrence of a particular token, i.e.; a common substring, in the payload. We have applied various machine learning algorithms to evaluate the idea and used different feature selection schemes to identify the critical tokens. Experimental result based on a real-world traffic data set shows that the approach can achieve high accuracy with low overhead.