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Several difficulties arise when testing network security algorithms. First, using network data captured at a router does not guarantee that any instances of the security event of interest will be captured. Similarly, if the event of interest is not detected, this does not guarantee that it does not exist in the captured data. Further, such network data is often not publicly available, making comparisons with other detectors difficult. On the other extreme, purely simulated data can be made publicly available and can provide guarantees that the event of interest exists in the data set. However, simulated data often has unintended artifacts and may also incorporate the biases of the particular simulator.
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