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SO on page 6 of this paper it says:

Furthermore, since there is the possibility that the NN attempts to learn classifying the packets using their IP addresses, as the dataset is captured using a limited number of hosts and servers, we decided to prevent this over-fitting by masking the IP addresses in the IP header.

What are the processes to mask the IP exactly? Does it put zeros? or remove it?

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What are the processes to mask the IP exactly? Does it put zeros? or remove it?

The idea of "masking" is to hide that piece of data from the program that's analyzing the dataset. The exact method isn't stated. You'd have to ask the authors.

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  • Thanks. So would you please name some usual methods for masking the IP? – Nebula Oct 29 '20 at 14:11
  • It all depends on how the data is being analyzed. There is no "usual" method. It's best to ask the authors how they did it. – Ron Trunk Oct 29 '20 at 15:22

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