Unsupervised Anomaly Detection for Auditing Data and Impact of Categorical Encodings.Download PDF

03 Oct 2022 (modified: 14 Jul 2024)Neurips 2022 SyntheticData4MLReaders: Everyone
Keywords: Unsupervised, Anomaly Detection, Auditing Data
TL;DR: This paper introduces a synthetic dataset created on the domain knowledge of insurance claims and analyzes unsupervised methods and various categorical encodings on the data.
Abstract: In this paper, we introduce the Vehicle Claims dataset, consisting of fraudulent insurance claims for automotive repairs. The data belongs to the more broad category of Auditing data, which also includes Journals and Network Intrusion data. Insurance claim data are distinctively different from other auditing data (such as network intrusion data) in their high number of categorical attributes. We tackle the common problem of missing benchmark datasets for anomaly detection: datasets are mostly confidential, and the public tabular datasets do not contain relevant and sufficient categorical attributes. Therefore, a large-sized dataset is created for this purpose and referred to as Vehicle Claims (VC) dataset. The dataset is evaluated on shallow and deep learning methods. Due to the introduction of categorical attributes, we encounter the challenge of encoding them for the large dataset. As One Hot encoding of high cardinal dataset invokes the "curse of dimensionality", we experiment with GEL encoding and embedding layer for representing categorical attributes. Our work compares competitive learning, reconstruction-error, density estimation and contrastive learning approaches for Label, One Hot, GEL encoding , and embedding layer to handle categorical values.
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