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A New Semantic Kernel Function for Online Anomaly Detection of Software

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Executive Summary

In this paper, a new online anomaly detection approach for software systems is proposed. The novelty of the proposed approach is to apply a new semantic kernel function for a Support Vector Machine (SVM) classifier to detect fault-suspicious execution paths at run-time in a reasonable amount of time. The kernel uses a new sequence matching algorithm to measure similarities among program execution paths in a customized feature space whose dimensions represent the largest common subpaths among the execution paths. To increase the precision of the SVM classifier, each common subpath is given weights according to its ability to discern executions as correct or anomalous.

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