What's in a session: tracking individual behavior on the web

  title={What's in a session: tracking individual behavior on the web},
  author={Mark R. Meiss and John F. Duncan and B. Gonçalves and J. Ramasco and F. Menczer},
  booktitle={HT '09},
We examine the properties of all HTTP requests generated by a thousand undergraduates over a span of two months. Preserving user identity in the data set allows us to discover novel properties of Web traffic that directly affect models of hypertext navigation. We find that the popularity of Web sites--the number of users who contribute to their traffic--lacks any intrinsic mean and may be unbounded. Further, many aspects of the browsing behavior of individual users can be approximated by log… Expand
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