[Spambayes] How low can you go?

Craig Bateman cbateman at lmltechnologies.com
Tue Dec 9 18:26:06 EST 2003

I thought to do this a while back too...  Since then I've registered 58
good and 1741 spam.  I get about 50 suspects a day, with 2 or 3 spams
slipping into my inbox a day as well.  Still, it correctly files away
about 150-250 spams per day, so I'm happier than I was a few months

It's unfortunate that we can't legally disrupt them at the source...
Maybe international spam legislation will be the catalist that ushers in
some "new world order" so that armaghedon can begin ;)

-----Original Message-----
From: spambayes-bounces at python.org [mailto:spambayes-bounces at python.org]
On Behalf Of Skip Montanaro
Sent: Tuesday, December 09, 2003 2:43 PM
To: spambayes at python.org
Subject: [Spambayes] How low can you go?

Okay, time for a little contest.  We've recently seen several users tout
the size of their training database.  I used to be one of those
"enlarged database" types, but no more.

Not long ago I dumped it all in favor of a more minimalist approach.  In
the past few days I noticed SB seemed to be leaving a large number of
spam in my unsure box, so today I deleted that (~450 spams and 250 hams)
and started from scratch again.  I figure I either had introduced some
outright mistakes into the database or had trained on some messages
which are sort of legitimately both ham and spam.  At any rate, it
seemed easier to just start from scratch than really figure out what was

At the moment I have trained on 14 spams and 20 hams and am quite
pleased with how its performing so far.  I've received mail for a half
dozen or so different mailing lists, and it's catching spams left and
right.  I anticipate a slew of unsures overnight as I get new kinds of
email (both ham and spam), but I will be damned selective about what I
add to my database.

So, how small is yours? <wink>


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