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7.1.11   Checking the Training

SpamSieve is nearly 100% accurate, but only when properly trained. Here’s how you can check the training:

  1. Choose Show Statistics from the Filter menu. Does the Corpus section show at least 100 spam messages and 100 good messages? If not, follow the instructions in the Do an Initial Training section.

  2. If SpamSieve has misclassified any messages, it needs to know this or its accuracy will decline. This is described in the Correct All Mistakes section. If SpamSieve misclassified some messages and you have not yet corrected its mistakes, do so now. If you’ve already deleted the misclassified messages, it’s too late to correct the mistakes; choose Reset Corpus from the Filter menu and then follow the instructions in the Do an Initial Training section.

  3. Check the percentage of spam messages in the Corpus section of the Statistics window. It should be between 55% and 75%. If not, train SpamSieve with more spam or good messages so that the percentage is in this range.

  4. Check the number of spam and good messages in the Corpus section of the Statistics window. If the corpus is very large (more than 4,000 messages) and SpamSieve is not catching your spam, the corpus may contain incorrect or obsolete messages that reduce SpamSieve’s effectiveness and make it slower to adapt. Choose Reset Corpus from the Filter menu and then follow the instructions in the Do an Initial Training section.

    Note: You should only reset the corpus after you’ve checked all the other items in the Why is SpamSieve not catching my spam? section.

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