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Chapter 12. Fighting Spam > Understanding Bayesian Filtering

Understanding Bayesian Filtering

Shortly after his death in 1761, Reverend Thomas Bayes’s (1702–1761) work in statistical distributions was published by his friend Richard Price. This work is now known as the Bayes Theorem.

Almost 240 years later, Paul Graham published his paper “A Plan for Spam,” which proposed using Bayes Theorem (in a slightly modified form, perhaps) to detect spam.


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