August 29, 2002
Statistical analysis of spam

Lars is looking into statistical analysis of spam. He has a corpus of some 2000 messages filtered by Spam Assassin the last couple of months, and I am sharing data for my own corpus of similar size.

Other similar investigations & rants:

(source: Corante: The Silver Bullet to Kill Spam)

Update: Lars has published the first results of his investigations.

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According to discusstions on the SpamAssassin list, it appears that the next release of SpamAssassin (2.4) will have Bayesian filtering.

Posted by: Adam Kalsey on August 30, 2002 07:38 AM

SpamWeed is a very effective anti-spam filter.

Posted by: L.B.S. on May 22, 2003 02:29 PM
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