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Email Message Interarrival Time Analysis

Walters, Lourens O and Pieter S Kritzinger (2002) Email Message Interarrival Time Analysis. Technical Report, Department of Computer Science, University of Cape Town.

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The arrival pattern of email messages at an email server shows daily and weekly arrival patterns. The interarrival distribution is skewed to the right and has a large variance which suggests heavy-tailed behaviour. Further analysis shows that although the data is severely skewed the tail of the distribution does not follow a power rate and is therefore not heavy-tailed.

EPrint Type:Departmental Technical Report
Keywords:SMTP, traffic trace, heavy tail, scaling method
Subjects:I Computing Methodologies: I.6 SIMULATION AND MODELING
C Computer Systems Organization: C.2 COMPUTER-COMMUNICATION NETWORKS
G Mathematics of Computing: G.3 PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
ID Code:107
Deposited By:Walters, Lourens Olivier
Deposited On:25 March 2004