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Morillas-Jurado, FG, Caballer-Tarazona, M and Caballer-Tarazona, V (2022)

Applying Benford’s Law to Monitor Death Registration Data: A Management Tool for the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mathematics 10(1), 46.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.3390/math10010046

Abstract: In Spain, the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the various regions of the country dif- ferently. The availability of reliable and up-to-date information has proved to be fundamental for the management of this health crisis. However, especially during the first wave of the pandemic (February–August 2020), the disparity in the recording criteria and in the timing of providing these figures to the central government created controversy and confusion regarding the real dimension of the pandemic. It is therefore necessary to have objective and homogeneous criteria at the national level to guide health managers in the correct recording and evaluation of the magnitude of the pandemic. Within this context, we propose using Benford’s Law as an auditing tool to monitor the reliability of the number of daily COVID-related deaths to identify possible deviations from the expected trend.

@Article{, AUTHOR = {Morillas-Jurado, Francisco Gabriel and Caballer-Tarazona, María and Caballer-Tarazona, Vicent}, TITLE = {Applying Benford's Law to Monitor Death Registration Data: A Management Tool for the COVID-19 Pandemic}, JOURNAL = {Mathematics}, VOLUME = {10}, YEAR = {2022}, NUMBER = {1}, ARTICLE-NUMBER = {46}, URL = {}, DOI = {10.3390/math10010046} }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): Biology, Medical Sciences