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Anonymization of German Financial Documents  Using Neural Network- Based Language Models with Contextual Word Representations

Author: D. Biesner, R. Ramamurthy, R. Stenzl, M. Luebbering, L. Hillebrand, A. Ladi, M. Pielka, R. Loitz, C. Bauckhage, R. Sifa
Journal: International Journal of Data Science and Analytics
Year: 2022

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D. Biesner, R. Ramamurthy, R. Stenzl, M. Luebbering, L. Hillebrand, A. Ladi, M. Pielka, R. Loitz, C. Bauckhage, R. Sifa,
International Journal of Data Science and Analytics,
2022,
13,
151-161,
March,
https://doi.org/10.1007/s41060-021-00285-x

The automatization and digitalization of business processes have led to an increase in the need for efficient information extraction from business documents. However, financial and legal documents are often not utilized effectively by text processing or machine learning systems, partly due to the presence of sensitive information in these documents, which restrict their usage beyond authorized parties and purposes. To overcome this limitation, we develop an anonymization method for German financial and legal documents using state-of-the-art natural language processing methods based on recurrent neural nets and transformer architectures. We present a web-based application to anonymize financial documents and a large-scale evaluation of different deep learning techniques.