[ExI] Benford's Law

Dan dan_ust at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 16 14:55:22 UTC 2010

Yeah, I first heard about this in connection with catching embezzlers. People who faked books often will use a completely random distribution in the accounts, when the real world distro tends to fit Benford's Law.



From: Michael LaTorra <mlatorra at gmail.com>
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Subject: [ExI] Benford's Law

"Benford's Law is the observation that most “real-world” data is not uniformly distributed - in fact, the probability that the first digit is a “1” is almost one-third, rather than the expected one-ninth. The reason for this is that the *logarithm* of most real-world data is uniformly distributed. I find this mildly fascinating." - David Dalrymple

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