Hybrid Power-Law Models of Network Traffic

Pat Devlin, Jeremy Kepner, Ashley Luo, Erin Meger

The availability of large scale streaming network data has reinforced the ubiquity of power-law distributions in observations and enabled precision measurements of the distribution parameters. The increased accuracy of these measurements allows new underlying generative network models to be explored. The preferential attachment model is a natural starting point for these models. This work adds additional model components to account for observed phenomena in the distributions. In this model, preferential attachment is supplemented to provide a more accurate theoretical model of network traffic. Specifically, a probabilistic complex network model is proposed using preferential attachment as well as additional parameters to describe the newly observed prevalence of leaves and unattached nodes. Example distributions from this model are generated by considering random sampling of the networks created by the model in such a way that replicates the current data collection methods.

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