[spambayes-dev] NEWTRICKS

David Abrahams dave at boost-consulting.com
Sat Dec 27 07:08:32 EST 2003

"Tim Peters" <tim.one at comcast.net> writes:

> [David Abrahams]
>> I keep getting quite a few spams which fit the descriptions below
>> (from NEWTRICS.txt):
> I'm sure everyone gets them, the interesting question is whether they're
> evading your spambayes filter.  

They are showing up as Unsure; I wouldn't see them otherwise.

> They don't seem to give mine particular trouble (of course I train
> on those that score Unsure; 

Me too.

> I'm not sure I've ever seen one score as Ham).

Me neither.

>> ... [descriptions of attempted obfuscation via insertion of
>>      punctuation, and replacing letters by digits] ...
>> Since "this file is for ideas that have or have not yet been tried",
>> I'd love to know what constitutes "trying".  Is there some official
>> testing procedure or corpus we can test against?  I'd like to know
>> whether any change I make is worth proposing.  Of course I can try it
>> on my own databases of Ham and Spam first...
> There's no official corpus, else we'd be teaching the system to recognize
> that corpus.  Alex gave the right pointers to docs for the testing
> framework.

Thanks.  We'll see if my Christmas downtime lasts long enough for me
to be able to try that ;-)

Dave Abrahams
Boost Consulting

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