Andrzej Chydzinski

We deal with the statistical structure of data losses, when packetized data are transmitted through a channel with a buffering mechanism and may be subject to losses due to the buffer overflow. The main contribution is an explicit formula for the burst ratio parameter, which reflects the tendency of losses to cluster together, in long series. A general model of the arrival stream is used, which enables arbitrary shaping of the interarrival time distribution and the autocorrelation function of interarrival times. In numerical examples, the dependence of the burst ratio on various model parameters is shown, with a special attention to the impact of the autocorrelation of the arrival process. Some unexpected, counterintuitive observations are made.