Graham's spam filter

Erik Max Francis max at
Thu Sep 5 18:10:31 EDT 2002

Christopher Browne wrote:

> Quoth Erik Max Francis <max at>:
> > Spammers are hitting upon the strategy, though, of sending emails in
> > which the body consists of nothing but a completely encoded base64
> > MIME part.  So in that case, the entire body of your message would
> > consist solely of your "base64encoded" token.  So in the general
> > case of any kind of spam filter (not just limited to a Graham
> > filter), it's questionable how useful this will be, unless you plant
> > to always filter against that token, presuming it to always indicate
> > spam.
> I've been using naive Bayesian filtering for years; I don't assume
> that _any_ particular token indicates _any_ particular result.

I thought I made it clear that I was discussing spam filters in general,
not just Graham/Bayesian filters.

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