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Mir, TA (2014)

The Benford law behavior of the religious activity data

Physica A 408, pp. 1-9.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2014.03.074

Abstract: An important aspect of religious association is that adherents, as part of their religious duty, carry out various activities. One religious group known for keeping the elaborate records of day-to-day activities of its members is the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs)—a worldwide Christian religious group. We analyse the historical records of the country-wide data associated with twelve different religious activities of JWs to see if there are any patterns in the distribution of the first digits as predicted by Benford’s law. This law states that the first digits of numbers in data sets are not uniformly distributed but often, not always, follow a logarithmic distribution such that the numbers beginning with smaller digits appear more frequently than those with larger ones. We find that the data on religious activities like peak publishers, pioneer publishers, baptizations, public meetings, congregations, bible studies, time spent in door-to-door contacts, attendances at the memorial services, total literature and individual magazines distributed, new subscriptions and back-calls received excellently conforms to Benford’s law.

@article{, title = {The Benford law behavior of the religious activity data }, journal = {Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications }, volume = {408}, pages = {1--9}, year = {2014}, issn = {0378-4371}, doi = {}, url = ={}, author = {Mir, Tariq Ahmad}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest, Social Sciences