AutoAudit: Mining Accounting and Time-Evolving Graphs

Meng Chieh Lee, Yue Zhao, Aluna Wang, Pierre Jinghong Liang, Leman Akoglu, Vincent S. Tseng, Christos Faloutsos

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How can we spot money laundering in large-scale graph-like accounting datasets? How to identify the most suspicious period in a time-evolving accounting graph? What kind of accounts and events should practitioners prioritize under time constraints? To tackle these crucial challenges in accounting and auditing tasks, we propose a flexible system called AutoAudit, which can be valuable for auditors and risk management professionals. To sum up, there are four major advantages of the proposed system: (a) "Smurfing"Detection, spots nearly 100% of injected money laundering transactions automatically in real-world datasets. (b) Attention Routing, attends to the most suspicious part of time-evolving graphs and provides an intuitive interpretation. (c) Insight Discovery, identifies similar month-pair patterns proved by "success stories"and patterns following Power Laws in log-logistic scales. (d) Scalability and Generality, ensures AutoAudit scales linearly and can be easily extended to other real-world graph datasets. Experiments on various real-world datasets illustrate the effectiveness of our method. To facilitate reproducibility and accessibility, we make the code, figure, and results public at

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2020
EditorsXintao Wu, Chris Jermaine, Li Xiong, Xiaohua Tony Hu, Olivera Kotevska, Siyuan Lu, Weijia Xu, Srinivas Aluru, Chengxiang Zhai, Eyhab Al-Masri, Zhiyuan Chen, Jeff Saltz
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781728162515
StatePublished - 10 Dec 2020
Event8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2020 - Virtual, Atlanta, United States
Duration: 10 Dec 202013 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2020 IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2020


Conference8th IEEE International Conference on Big Data, Big Data 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Atlanta


  • Anomaly Detection
  • Graph Mining
  • Time-Evolving Graph


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