Quantitative Analysis of the Full Bitcoin Transaction Graph

@inproceedings{Ron2012QuantitativeAO,
  title={Quantitative Analysis of the Full Bitcoin Transaction Graph},
  author={Dorit Ron and Adi Shamir},
  booktitle={IACR Cryptology ePrint Archive},
  year={2012}
}
The Bitcoin scheme is a rare example of a large scale global payment system in which all the transactions are publicly accessible (but in an anonymous way). We downloaded the full history of this scheme, and analyzed many statistical properties of its associated transaction graph. In this paper we answer for the first time a variety of interesting questions about the typical behavior of users, how they acquire and how they spend their bitcoins, the balance of bitcoins they keep in their… CONTINUE READING
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