Mining the Web and the Internet for Accurate IP Address Geolocations

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Executive Summary

In this paper, the authors present Structon, a novel approach that uses Web mining together with inference and IP traceroute to geolocate IP addresses with significantly better accuracy than existing automated approaches. Structon is composed of three ideas which they realize in three corresponding steps. First, they extract geolocation information of Web server IP addresses from Web pages. Second, they devise heuristic algorithms to improve both the accuracy and the coverage of the IP geolocation database using these Web server IP addresses and their geolocations as input. Third, for those segments that are not covered in the first two steps, they use IP traceroute to identify the access routers of those segments.

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