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A Novel Collective User Web Behavior Simulation Method

Hongri Liu1,2,3, Xu Zhang1,3, Jingjing Li1,3, Bailing Wang1,3,*

1 College of Computer Science & Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology at Weihai, Weihai, 264209, China
2 Cyberspace Security Research Center, Peng Cheng Laboratory, Shenzhen, 518000, China
3 Research Institute of Cyberspace Security, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, 150001, China

* Corresponding Author: Bailing Wang. Email: email

Computers, Materials & Continua 2021, 66(3), 2539-2553.


A collective user web behavior simulation is an import means for generating a large-scale user network behavior in a network testbed or cyber range. Existing studies almost focus on individual web behavior analysis and prediction, which cannot simulate human dynamics that widely exist in large-scale users’ behaviors. To address these issues, we propose a novel collective user web behavior simulation method, in which an algorithm for constructing a connected virtual social network is proposed, and then a collective user web behavior simulation algorithm is designed on the virtual social network. In the simulation method, a new epidemic information dissemination algorithm based on the SIR model is proposed to drive the user web behavior with Breadth—First Search algorithm on the connected virtual social network. We specially build an experiment environment with 12 servers by using Docker container technology and then perform a wide range of experiments with different user scales to evaluate the method. The experimental results demonstrate that not only the degrees of the social network but also the time intervals of the collective users’ web behavior can be well fitted to a power-law distribution and show that our simulation method can well simulate a collective user web behavior.


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H. Liu, X. Zhang, J. Li and B. Wang, "A novel collective user web behavior simulation method," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 66, no.3, pp. 2539–2553, 2021.


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