Tensor decomposition is a powerful unsupervised Machine Learning method that enables the modeling of multi-dimensional data, including malware data. We introduce a novel ensemble semi-supervised classification algorithm, named Random Forest of Tensors (RFoT), that utilizes tensor decomposition to extract the complex and multi-faceted latent patterns from data. Our hybrid model leverages the strength of multi-dimensional analysis combined with clustering to capture the sample groupings in the latent components, whose combinations distinguish malware and benign-ware. The patterns extracted from a given data with tensor decomposition depend upon the configuration of the tensor such as dimension, entry, and rank selection. To capture the unique perspectives of different tensor configurations, we employ the “wisdom of crowds” philosophy and make use of decisions made by the majority of a randomly generated ensemble of tensors with varying dimensions, entries, and ranks.


  author = {M. E. {Eren} and C. {Nicholas} and E. {Raff} and R. {Yus} and J. S. {Moore} and B. S. {Alexandrov}},
  title = {RFoT},
  year = {2022},
  publisher = {GitHub},
  journal = {GitHub repository},
  howpublished = {\url{https://github.com/MaksimEkin/RFoT}}

      title={Random Forest of Tensors (RFoT)}, 
      author={M. E. {Eren} and C. {Nicholas} and R. {McDonald} and C. {Hamer}},
      note={Presented at the 12th Annual Malware Technical Exchange Meeting, Online, 2021}
Maksim E. Eren
Maksim E. Eren
Graduate Research Assistant

My research interests lie at the intersection of the machine learning and cybersecurity disciplines, with a concentration in tensor decomposition.