by Jonathan A. Zdziarski
July 2005, 312 pp.
Through considerable research, creative minds have invented clever new ways to fight spam in all its nefarious forms. This landmark title describes, in depth, how statistical filtering is being used by next generation spam filters to identify and filter spam. Zdziarski explains how spam filtering works and how language classification and machine learning combine to produce remarkably accurate spam filters. Readers gain a complete understanding of the mathematical approaches used in today's spam filters, decoding, tokenization, the use of various algorithms (including Bayesian analysis and Markovian discrimination), and the benefits of using open-source solutions to end spam. Interviews with the creators of many of the best spam filters provide further insight into the anti-spam crusade.
About the Author
Jonathan A. Zdziarski has been fighting spam for eight years, and
Table of Contents
PART I: An Introduction to Spam Filtering
PART II: Fundamentals of Statistical Filtering
PART III: Advanced Concepts of Statistical Filtering
Appendix: Shining Examples of Filtering
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"The real beauty . . . is that it provides detailed explanations of filtering techniques without overwhelming or boring casual readers . . . The all-encompassing nature of the book should therefore earn it a space on the shelf of anyone that wants to actively contribute to the reduction of spam."
"The only book I have seen that discusses the underlying science of spam filtering."
Included in roundup of infosec and related books: "This book reads like a doctorate-level thesis."
"For those who are seriously involved in managing and developing spam filtering, the book does provide very useful advice, pointers, and research."
"Besides giving a pretty insightful view on spammer techniques, the book’s value is the vast coverage of mathematical approaches to spam filtering."
Book giveaway contest for readers
"The book is accessible to any reader with a computer science background and is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand Bayesian spam filtering."
Blurb on new version of DSPAM includes mention of Ending Spam
"You finish the book feeling good that there are people like Zdziarski fighting the good fight."
Blog of Ferris Research email analyst: "An excellent primer on spam, spammers, and spam fighting."
"Even if you’re just looking for an introduction to spam, this book is worth picking up."
Interview with Jonathan Zdziarski
Jonathan Zdziarski heavily quoted in two articles about open source anti-spam solutions
"Includes an excellent section on spammer tricks and how they get past filters as well as what to do about it. This section alone makes the book worth the price... a highly recommended read for anyone in charge of controlling spam in a corporate environment."
"Not only enjoyable but actually captivating.”
"There’s no one more than me who hopes it’s only a matter of time before e-mail spam disappears -– and books like the recently released [Ending Spam] by anti-spam expert Jonathan Zdziarski will make this happen."
"Leads the charge against what has become a very significant challenge to both productivity and sanity by explaining how it was spawned, its anatomy and physiognomy, how it crawled into our pristine PCs, and how, as responsible and gleeful citizens, we can torch it."
Interview with Jonathan Zdziarski from reader-submitted questions
"This book is down, and dirty, loaded with information, and will make your head-hurt (in a good way)."
"Does a good job of addressing advanced, complicated issues, but putting it in terms that readers with an ounce of computer knowledge and experience can grasp."
"Highly recommended read for anyone in charge of controlling spam in a corporate environment as well as on their own system."
"The first book explaining the fine details of the theoretical models and machine-learning algorithms implemented in these filters... Zdziarski has made another significant contribution (after DSPAM) to the anti-spam community."
Mention of Zdziarski finding possible flaw in member area of Verizon Wireless website
Author Jonathan Zdziarski interviewed
"A remarkably lucid explanation of concepts and tools that many of us may never have heard of before."
Book featured on Washington, D.C.-area NPR program
Posted link to book on "Plan For Spam" page
Book is featured anti-spam resource
5 stars out of 5: Ending Spam "does a great job educating us on logic and thought taken to combat this SPAM blight on the Internet."
Zdziarski interview podcast "about his views as a highly regarded programmer and researcher, the latest cures for spam and how spam affects SOHO, home-office and small business owners."
Zdziarski on for an hour discussing DSPAM and new book
"IT managers who want a better understanding of how anti-spam products work should shell out the $39.95 price of this 312-page book at once."
"It’s one of the better books on the details of spam and spam filtering...
"The clearest and most erudite treatise on spam filtering to date."
"The author explains everything in simple and entertaining language... I'm
"If you’re looking for a primer on how the anti-spam battle is fought,
Interview with author about anti-spam techniques
"Has a permanent place on my bookshelf, because I find it inspirational."
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