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# Statistical Techniques for Forensic Accounting: Understanding the Theory and Application of Data Analysis | 9780133133813

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## Author(s): Saurav K. Dutta

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Fraud or misrepresentation often creates patterns of error within complex financial data. The discipline of statistics has developed sophisticated techniques and well-accepted tools for uncovering these patterns and demonstrating that they are the result of deliberate malfeasance. *Statistical Techniques for Forensic Accounting* is the first comprehensive guide to these tools and techniques: understanding their mathematical underpinnings, using them properly, and effectively communicating findings to non-experts. Dr. Saurav Dutta, one of the field's leading experts, has been engaged as an expert in many of the world's highest-profile fraud cases, including Worldcom, Global Crossing, Cendant, and HealthSouth. Now, he covers everything forensic accountants, auditors, investigators, and litigators need to know to use these tools and interpret others' use of them. Coverage includes:

Exploratory data analysis: identifying the "Fraud Triangle" and other red flags

Data mining: tools, usage, and limitations

Traditional statistical terms and methods applicable to forensic accounting

Uncertainty and probability theories and their forensic implications

Bayesian analysis and networks

Statistical inference, sampling, sample size, estimation, regression, correlation, classification, and prediction

How to construct and conduct valid and defensible statistical tests

How to articulate and effectively communicate findings to other interested and knowledgeable parties