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Noise in accounting information: the signal detection theory perspective

Lau, Yeng Wai (2008) Noise in accounting information: the signal detection theory perspective. International Journal of Economics and Management, 2 (1). pp. 179-193. ISSN 1823-836X

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Accounting information constitutes a “noisy” representation of economic reality due to the spectrum of accounting alternatives available to meet a diversity of information needs. In the presence of noise, decision-makers can either overlook signals that truly require attention or mistake noise for signals. This paper seeks to (1) discuss how decision-makers fare in discriminating accounting signals from noise based on extant empirical findings, (2) highlight the adverse effects of noise in accounting information from the signal detection theory perspective, and (3) offer recommendations on how best to fend of the adverse influence of noise.

Item Type:Article
Keyword:Accounting signals; Noise; Accounting representation; Signal detection theory
Faculty or Institute:Faculty of Economics and Management
Publisher:Faculty of Economics and Management, Universiti Putra Malaysia
ID Code:687
Deposited By: Yusfauhannum Mohd Yunus
Deposited On:24 Nov 2008 22:58
Last Modified:06 Jul 2015 09:50

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