I am currently working on a thesis, where the main goal is to find errors (like a missing message, wrong sequence) in message sequences. The messages are distinguishable by their name, have further information in the message body, and are available in a database. Each message can just be thought of as string-representation of its name.

The thesis should compare different concepts for finding errors in these real-life message sequences. A big amount of these messages are being collected and the goal is to check for errors in the sequence or any missing messages. The default sequence (so the standard-case) can be defined.

Now I am just lacking any ideas on how to approach this problem. So, my questions are as follows: Which approaches can be used to solve this problem? Are there any algorithms, that could be used in this context?

Further example to make it clearer:

Message sequence A, B, C, D, E is defined for one standard-case. Now, the real message sequence that is observed is A, B, C, E, D (or one message is missing entirely).

I hope the problem is comprehensible. Thanks to all who take the time to read.

  • $\begingroup$ I can only guess, but I suppose what you are looking for are ECCs. $\endgroup$
    – dkaeae
    Jun 13, 2019 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ You might be interested in the error detection of TCP $\endgroup$
    – John L.
    Jun 13, 2019 at 12:39

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Not sure if I get your question right, as you didn't specify whether this is a theoretical problem or a practical.

Assuming it is practical problem, there are quite some algorithms (e.g. TCP) depending on which layer your messages are being send (if they are being send at all).

Assuming it is more of a theorectial problem you can use stuff like the Hamming distance.

Maybe check: Computer Networks by Andrew S. Tanenbaum

  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for your answer. It is both, a theoretical and practical problem. Lets say I have a big amount of messages already standardized in a database. I want to pick out different sequences, and check if these are like they should be. If there are any errors (e.g. order or missing) that is supposed to be found. I hope this makes more sense? $\endgroup$ Jun 13, 2019 at 10:52

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