Constructing an E-mail Classifier Based on User's Preferences with Adaptive Learning

by Wang, Chia-Ching

Abstract (Summary)
The electronic mail has become one of the most popular communication channels in the modern world. Due to its convenience and low cost, however, many business salesmen utilize this channel to promote their products by distributing e-mails to people as far as they can reach, which causes troubles to irrelevant e-mail receivers. As a result, many a research has been devoted to filtering irrelevant e-mails based on data mining techniques to alleviate users¡¦ mental loadings in processing e-mails they receive. Nevertheless, current approaches have their own drawbacks. Issues on what appropriate classifies to construct, how to endow such classifiers with the adaptive learning ability, and how to customize the e-mail management process for each user are still under investigation. The objective of this research is therefore to construct an e-mail classifier with learning ability to self-correct from erroneous outcomes. Furthermore, we propose a customized e-mail management process that can handle users¡¦ e-mails based on their own preferences. Ultimately, it can adapt itself to the changes of users¡¦ preferences when handling their e-mails. Several experiments are conducted to verify the performance of the constructed classifier. The results show that our proposed classifier possesses high accuracy and high precision with outstanding adaptive learning ability. We also illustrate a real application of the customized e-mail management process. It shows that our approach can detect the changes of users¡¦ preferences and learn to follow the changes. The feasibility of employing our approach to constructing e-mail classifiers is thus justified.
Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:none; none; Te-Min Chang; none

School:National Sun Yat-Sen University

School Location:China - Taiwan

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:classifier e mail users¡¦ preferences adaptive learning


Date of Publication:07/28/2005

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