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Performance evaluation of different kernels for support vector machine used in intrusion detection system


Hasan, MAM and Xu, S and Kabir, MMJ and Ahmad, S, Performance evaluation of different kernels for support vector machine used in intrusion detection system, International Journal of Computer Networks and Communications, 8, (6) pp. 39-54. ISSN 0974-9322 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.5121/ijcnc.2016.8604


The success of any Intrusion Detection System (IDS) is a complicated problem due to its nonlinearity and the quantitative or qualitative network traffic data stream with numerous features. As a result, in order to get rid of this problem, several types of intrusion detection methods with different levels of accuracy have been proposed which leads the choice of an effective and robust method for IDS as a very important topic in information security. In this regard, the support vector machine (SVM) has been playing an important role to provide potential solutions for the IDS problem. However, the practicability of introducing SVM is affected by the difficulties in selecting appropriate kernel and its parameters. From this viewpoint, this paper presents the work to apply different kernels for SVM in ID Son the KDD’99 Dataset and NSL-KDD dataset as well as to find out which kernel is the best for SVM. The important deficiency in the KDD’99 data set is the huge number of redundant records as observed earlier. Therefore, we have derived a data set RRE-KDD by eliminating redundant record from KDD’99train and test dataset prior to apply different kernel for SVM. This RRE-KDD consists of both KDD99Train+ and KDD99 Test+ dataset for training and testing purposes, respectively. The way to derive RRE-KDD data set is different from that of NSL-KDD data set. The experimental results indicate that Laplace kernel can achieve higher detection rate and lower false positive rate with higher precision than other kernel son both RRE-KDD and NSL-KDD datasets. It is also found that the performances of other kernels are dependent on datasets.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:intrusion detection, support vector machine, kernel, kernel selection
Research Division:Information and Computing Sciences
Research Group:Machine learning
Research Field:Neural networks
Objective Division:Information and Communication Services
Objective Group:Information systems, technologies and services
Objective Field:Information systems, technologies and services not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Xu, S (Dr Shuxiang Xu)
UTAS Author:Kabir, MMJ (Mr Mir Kabir)
ID Code:114642
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Information and Communication Technology
Deposited On:2017-02-22
Last Modified:2018-03-18

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