[Spambayes] RE: training problem?

Coe, Bob rcoe at CambridgeMA.GOV
Wed Dec 3 19:21:53 EST 2003

For all that work, the results had better be more than merely "encouraging". Or have you found a way to script it, so that you don't really have to do anything?


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ryan Malayter [mailto:rmalayter at bai.org]
> Sent: Wednesday, December 03, 2003 2:12 PM
> To: spambayes at python.org
> Subject: RE: [Spambayes] training problem?
> Seth Goodman wrote:
> > 2) What training tactics would you suggest that might work better?
> I've recently done a few things to balance my training ratio, and the
> initial results are encouraging.
> Have my "spam" folder, with 773 messages in it, all less than a month
> old. I then use Outlook to do a search of all my mail folders *except*
> my spam folder (this is easy in Outlook 2002 and up, because you can
> exclude individual folders from search), for all mail messages newer
> than a month old. I move the "cutoff date" on this search until the
> number of messages returned by the search is very close to the number
> in my spam folder.
> I then *copy* all the messages from this search into a temporary Outlook
> folder called "Ham for training". Then, I train on this folder and my
> spam folder, rebuilding the database from scratch. I set my thresholds
> to 20/80, and train appropriately on all spam or ham that falls in the
> middle spams.
> I'll add this to your Wiki...
> 	-ryan-

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