Accurate recovery of missing network measurement data with localized tensor completion

Kun Xie, Xiangge Wang, Xin Wang, Yuxiang Chen, Gaogang Xie, Yudian Ouyang, Jigang Wen, Jiannong Cao, Dafang Zhang

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The inference of the network traffic data from partial measurements data becomes increasingly critical for various network engineering tasks. By exploiting the multi-dimensional data structure, tensor completion is a promising technique for more accurate missing data inference. However, existing tensor completion algorithms generally have the strong assumption that the tensor data have a global low-rank structure, and try to find a single and global model to fit the data of the whole tensor. In a practical network system, a subset of data may have stronger correlation. In this work, we propose a novel localized tensor completion model (LTC) to increase the data recovery accuracy by taking advantage of the stronger local correlation of data to form and recover sub-tensors each with a lower rank. Despite that it is promising to use local tensors, the finding of correlated entries faces two challenges, the data with adjacent indexes are not ones with higher correlation and it is difficult to find the similarity of data with missing tensor entries. To conquer the challenges, we propose several novel techniques: efficiently calculating the candidate anchor points based on locality-sensitive hash (LSH), building sub-tensors around properly selected anchor points, encoding factor matrices to facilitate the finding of similarity with missing entries, and similarity-aware local tensor completion and data fusion. We have done extensive experiments using real traffic traces. Our results demonstrate that LTC is very effective in increasing the tensor recovery accuracy without depending on specific tensor completion algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8863646
Pages (from-to)2222-2235
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019


  • Network measurement
  • tensor completion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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