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Alshaikh, L (2022)

Benford's Law on Social Media

Young Scientists Journal, posted January 16, 2022, last accessed January 31, 2022.

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Abstract: Benford’s law, also known as the law of first digit, is practically used in various applications in order to identify the reliability of the numerical data. Therefore, this paper will review one of the decisive laws in mathematics that is still present and used in our daily life by many countries and authorized places such as governments. This paper highlights the quantitative data obtained from the social media platform Instagram into an analytical graph by the use of the software application, spreadsheet. As a result, this study included the observation of 116 accounts. Hence, the leading digit 1 was found to be the highest as predicted and following numbers were found decreasing in an irregular sequence. The dramatic decrease between the leading digit 1 (36.20%) and 2 (21.55). As well as that, the leading digit 8 is identified to be greater than both the leading digits 6, 7 and equal to the value of the leading digit 5. Overall,the graph obtained obeys Benford’s law, however it is essential to examine the data and assure the accuracy of the naturally occurring numbers.

@article{, author = {Leen Alshaikh}, title = {Benford's Law on Social Media}, year = {2022}, journal = {Young Scientists Journal}, url = {}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest, Social Sciences