Flow-based reputation: More than just ranking

Antonino Simone, Boris Škorić, Nicola Zannone

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The last years have seen a growing interest in collaborative systems like electronic marketplaces and P2P file sharing systems where people are intended to interact with other people. Those systems, however, are subject to security and operational risks because of their open and distributed nature. Reputation systems provide a mechanism to reduce such risks by building trust relationships among entities and identifying malicious entities. A popular reputation model is the so-called flow-based model. Most existing reputation systems based on such a model provide only a ranking, without absolute reputation values; this makes it difficult to determine whether entities are actually trustworthy or untrustworthy. In addition, those systems ignore a significant part of the available information; as a consequence, reputation values may not be accurate. In this paper, we present a flow-based reputation metric that gives absolute values instead of merely a ranking. Our metric makes use of all the available information. We study, both analytically and numerically, the properties of the proposed metric and the effect of attacks on reputation values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-578
Number of pages28
JournalInternational Journal of Information Technology and Decision Making
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Decision support
  • reputation systems
  • security
  • trust

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