[Spambayes] Outlook plugin - training

Piers Haken piersh@friskit.com
Wed Nov 6 11:35:25 2002

I don't believe you need this. I think that the classifier automatically
trains on messages as they arrive (or at least on messages that it's
sure about). You only need to retrain if it has made a mistake, or if
it's unsure.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Moore, Paul [mailto:Paul.Moore@atosorigin.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, November 06, 2002 2:09 AM
> To: Spambayes (E-mail)
> Subject: [Spambayes] Outlook plugin - training
> When the Outlook plugin filters mails, it classifies them as 
> either spam or potential spam, and can put them in 
> appropriate folders.
> In the spam/potential spam folders, there is a "Recover from 
> Spam" button available, and in other folders there is a 
> "Delete as spam" button. These buttons add the message to the 
> training database as well as taking the appropriate action.
> One thing I don't see, however, is a means of confirming the 
> classifier's decisions as correct. A "yes, that is spam" 
> button for the spam folder, and a "yes, that's ham" button in 
> non-spam folders.
> As I'm starting from a very small message base, I worry that 
> correct classifications are still somewhat based on "luck", 
> and training based on correct decisions would help to 
> increase both my and the classifier's confidence level.
> I can do this by regular retraining, but that has 2 
> disadvantages: it's much clumsier than simply clicking on a 
> "clever boy!" button, and it relies on me not deleting 
> messages until I do a training run. Much of the ham I get is 
> "read and forget", so I'd rather delete immediately.
> When I get a chance to dive into the code, I'll see how hard 
> this would be to implement.
> Paul.
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