Towards designing an email classification system using multi-view based semi-supervised learning

Wenjuan Li, Weizhi Meng, Zhiyuan Tan, Yang Xiang

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Abstract

The goal of email classification is to classify user emails into spam and legitimate ones. Many supervised learning algorithms have been invented in this domain to accomplish the task, and these algorithms require a large number of labeled training data. However, data labeling is a labor intensive task and requires in-depth domain knowledge. Thus, only a very small proportion of the data can be labeled in practice. This bottleneck greatly degrades the effectiveness of supervised email classification systems. In order to address this problem, in this work, we first identify some critical issues regarding supervised machine learning-based email classification. Then we propose an effective classification model based on multi-view disagreement-based semi-supervised learning. The motivation behind the attempt of using multi-view and semi-supervised learning is that multi-view can provide richer information for classification, which is often ignored by literature, and semi-supervised learning supplies with the capability of coping with labeled and unlabeled data. In the evaluation, we demonstrate that the multi-view data can improve the email classification than using a single view data, and that the proposed model working with our algorithm can achieve better performance as compared to the existing similar algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2014 IEEE 13th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages174-181
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781479965137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event13th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom 2014 - Beijing, China
Duration: 24 Sep 201426 Sep 2014

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2014 IEEE 13th International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom 2014

Conference

Conference13th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications, TrustCom 2014
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period24/09/1426/09/14

Keywords

  • Email classification
  • Machine learning applications
  • Multi-view
  • Network security
  • Semi-supervised learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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