09/23/04          MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT, FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY

            MATH COLLOQUIUM, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2004,

11:00 AM, STARR 138

 

SPEAKER:     Adam Jensen, Student,

                      Department of Mathematics, Ferris State University         

 

 

TITLE:           Sharpening the Knife:

A Bayesian Approach to Eliminating Spam (Junk E-mail)

 

 

Abstract:

 

Unsolicited Bulk E-Mail (UBE) is currently one of the most critical and expensive problems facing the technology industry.  Better known as "spam," this form of advertising has cost businesses and individuals billions of dollars in lost time and resources, revealing the need for a simple, automated, and inexpensive means of minimizing the number of messages which must be deleted by hand.  In this talk, we will explore the various solutions that have been implemented, a handful of proposed methods, as well as the most effective anti-spam weapon to date: mathematics.  A set of beautiful relationships between probability and linguistics will be revealed and discussed, giving the audience an inside look at how mathematical ideas are being used to solve important in the modern computing and business industries.

 

REFRESHMENTS:  11:00 AM, STARR 138

 

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