Passively attributing anonymous network events to their associated users

Systems, methods, and computer program products for passively attributing anonymous network events to their associated users are provided herein. Embodiments include filtering network events over a pre-determined time interval to generate a filtered event list. In an embodiment, event attribution includes attributing an anonymous network event to a user associated with a nearest-neighbor event relative to the anonymous network event. In another embodiment, event attribution includes attributing an anonymous network event to a user associated with an event in the filtered event list, wherein that user maximizes an event attribution function. In a further embodiment, event attribution includes determining a first potential attribution user for an anonymous network event based on a nearest-neighbor attribution approach; determining a second potential attribution user for the anonymous network event based on an event attribution function approach; and comparing the first and second potential attribution users to determine the attribution of the anonymous event.

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Patent #: 8,996,681 Issue Date: March 31, 2015