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Logan, JL and Goudsmit, SA (1978)

The First Digit Phenomenon

Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 122(4), pp. 193-197.

ISSN/ISBN: 0003-049X DOI: Not available at this time.

Abstract: In this paper we show by a rather elementary statistical method that Benford's law is expected to hold for tables containing random numbers. However, statistical randomness is not a uniquely defined concept. Thus we also harve defined a particular process to create such random numbers. What remains unexplained is why popula- tion tables and many other socioeconomic quantities behave like random numbers.

@article{, title={The first digit phenomenon}, author={Logan, Jonothan L and Goudsmit, Samuel A}, journal={Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society}, pages={193--197}, year={1978}, publisher={JSTOR}, ISSN={0003-049X}, URL={ }, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): General Interest, Statistics