Large-scale Bot Detection for Search Engines

In this paper, we propose a semi-supervised learning approach for classifying program (bot) generated web search traffic from that of genuine human users. The work is motivated by the challenge that the enormous amount of search data pose to traditional approaches that rely on fully annotated training samples. We propose a semi-supervised framework that addresses the problem in multiple fronts. First, we use the CAPTCHA technique and simple heuristics to extract from the data logs a large set of training samples with initial labels, though directly using these training data is problematic because the data thus sampled are biased. To tackle this problem, we further develop a semi-supervised learning algorithm to take advantage of the unlabeled data to improve the classification performance. These two proposed algorithms can be seamlessly combined and very cost

efficient to scale the training process. In our experiment, the proposed approach showed significant (i.e. 2 : 1) improvement compared to the traditional supervised approach.

In  Proceedings of the Nineteenth International World Wide Web Conference

Publisher  Association for Computing Machinery, Inc.
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