The Automatic Accountant

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Client: Mark Parsons, Cambridge Enterprise <>

The Automatic Statistician is a system created by Zoubin Ghahramani and colleagues that looks for interesting patterns in data sets (by fitting Gaussian process models), and then automatically generates a research paper, including charts and natural language texts, describing the patterns that it finds. Financial accounting data is relatively constrained in its format, so it should be more straightforward to create an AI system that automatically generates professional-looking reports on a company’s performance, including capabilities for audit and compliance checking that work by recognising statistical anomalies. You will need to familiarise yourself with the research from, and work with your client to design an original accounting application.