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Hindls, R and Hronová, S (2015)

Benford’s Law and Possibilities for Its Use in Governmental Statistics

Statistika 95( 2), pp. 54-64.

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Abstract: Benford's Law (sometimes also called Benford's Distribution or Benford's Test) is one of the possible tools for verification of a data structure in a given file regarding the relative frequencies of occurrence of the first (or second, etc.) digit from the left . If it is used as a goodness-of-fit test on sample data, there are usually no problems with its interpretation. However, certain factual questions arise in connection with validity of Benford's Law in large data sets in governmental statistics; such questions should be resolved before the law is used. In this paper we discuss the application potential of Benford's Law when working with extensive data sets in the areas of economic and social statistics.

@article{, author = {Hindls, Richard and Hronova, Stanislava}, year = {2015}, month = {06}, pages = {54--64}, title = {Benford's Law and Possibilities for Its Use in Governmental Statistics}, volume = {95}, journal = {Statistika} }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): Economics, Social Sciences, Statistics