AAAI Publications, Twenty-First IAAI Conference

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Not So Naive Online Bayesian Spam Filter
Baojun Su, Congfu Xu

Last modified: 2009-04-09

Abstract


Spam filtering, as a key problem in electronic communication, has drawn significant attention due to increasingly huge amounts of junk email on the Internet. Content-based filtering is one reliable method in combating with spammers' changing tactics. Naive Bayes (NB) is one of the earliest content-based machine learning methods both in theory and practice in combating with spammers, which is easy to implement while can achieve considerable accuracy. In this paper, the traditional online Bayesian classifier are enhanced  by two ways. First, from theory's point of view, we devise a self-adaptive mechanism to gradually weaken the assumption of independence required by original NB in the online training process, and as a result of that our NSNB is no longer ``naive''. Second, we propose other engineering ways to make the classifier more robust and accuracy. The experiment results show that our NSNB does give state-of-the-art classification performance on online spam filtering on large benchmark data sets while it is extremely fast and takes up little memory in comparison with other statistical methods.

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