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    Learning Sampling in Financial Statement Audits using Vector Quantised Variational Autoencoder Neural Networks
    (Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), 2020-10-01) ;
    Timur Sattarov
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    Reimer, Bernd
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    The audit of financial statements is designed to collect reasonable assurance that an issued statement is free from material misstatement ('true and fair presentation'). International audit standards require the assessment of a statements' underlying accounting relevant transactions referred to as 'journal entries' to detect potential misstatements. To efficiently audit the increasing quantities of such journal entries, auditors regularly conduct an 'audit sampling' i.e. a sample-based assessment of a subset of these journal entries. However, the task of audit sampling is often conducted early in the overall audit process, where the auditor might not be aware of all generative factors and their dynamics that resulted in the journal entries in-scope of the audit. To overcome this challenge, we propose the use of a Vector Quantised-Variational Autoencoder (VQ-VAE) neural networks to learn a representation of journal entries able to provide a comprehensive 'audit sampling' to the auditor. We demonstrate, based on two real-world city payment datasets, that such artificial neural networks are capable of learning a quantised representation of accounting data. We show that the learned quantisation uncovers (i) the latent factors of variation and (ii) can be utilised as a highly representative audit sample in financial statement audits.
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    Detection of Anomalies in Large Scale Accounting Data using Deep Autoencoder Neural Networks
    (Cornell University - arXiv, 2018-08-01) ;
    Sattarov, Timur
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    Dengel, Andreas
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    Reimer, Bernd
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    Learning to detect fraud in large-scale accounting data is one of the long-standing challenges in financial statement audits or fraud investigations. Nowadays, the majority of applied techniques refer to handcrafted rules derived from known fraud scenarios. While fairly successful, these rules exhibit the drawback that they often fail to generalize beyond known fraud scenarios and fraudsters gradually find ways to circumvent them. To overcome this disadvantage and inspired by the recent success of deep learning, we propose the application of deep autoencoder neural networks to detect anomalous journal entries. We demonstrate that the trained network's reconstruction error obtainable for a journal entry and regularized by the entry's individual attribute probabilities can be interpreted as a highly adaptive anomaly assessment. Experiments on two real-world datasets of journal entries show the effectiveness of the approach resulting in high f1-scores of 32.93 (dataset A) and 16.95 (dataset B) and less false positive alerts compared to state of the art baseline methods. Initial feedback received by chartered accountants and fraud examiners underpinned the quality of the approach in capturing highly relevant accounting anomalies.