SpamAssassin Rule: BAYES_20

Standard description: Bayes spam probability is 5 to 20%


SpamAssassin includes a Bayesian filter that assigns scores based on the user's previous email history. This can assign both positive and negative scores. For instance, a user may receive a particular spam message several times via a relay identified in a DNSBL, so that SpamAssassin correctly identifies it as spam. If the user receives the same message via a new unlisted relay, the Bayesian algorithm will assign a high score to it based on previous experience.

Conversely, if a user receives a regular newsletter from a fitness club, and one issue makes reference to diet pills and weight loss (which would normally flage the message as spam), the Bayesian algorithm will assign a lower score to it.

Further Info

The default scores for this rule can be found in the online list of tests.


Rules/BAYES_20 (last edited 2012-04-27 04:52:00 by S01060080c6f26c50)