How to tell if SpamAssassin Bayasian filtering is working

Julian Field MailScanner at
Thu Sep 28 08:32:31 IST 2006

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Martin Hepworth wrote:
> Jonathan B. Bayer wrote:
>> Hello Martin,
>> Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 7:15:41 AM, you wrote:
>> MH> Jonathan B. Bayer wrote:
>>>> Hello Philip,
>>>> OK, so I now see that there are only about 127 hams.
>>>> I also have autolearn turned on.  Why isn't it picking up on the 
>>>> spams that it currently detects and adding them to the database?
>> MH> Before bayes will work it needs 200 spam AND 200 ham, or use a 
>> starter
>> MH> DB from
>> So it won't even autolearn if there aren't enough spam/ham?
>> JBB
>> ---
>> Jonathan B. Bayer
>> mailto:jbayer at
> Correct - you have to manually train this first 200 yourself before 
> ANYTHING will happen with bayes
I swear that's wrong. It does autolearn the first 200 of each, it just 
won't actually apply Bayes to any messages until it has learnt (by 
whatever means) 200 of each. I certainly don't bother manually training 
mine if I hose it.

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