Publication Date

Spring 2015

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Mark Stamp

Second Advisor

Thomas Austin

Third Advisor

Fabio Di Troia


clustering hmm malware detection


In this research, we apply clustering techniques to the malware detection problem. Our goal is to classify malware as part of a fully automated detection strategy. We compute clusters using the well-known �-means and EM clustering algorithms, with scores obtained from Hidden Markov Models (HMM). The previous work in this area consists of using HMM and �-means clustering technique to achieve the same. The current effort aims to extend it to use EM clustering technique for detection and also compare this technique with the �-means clustering.