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Fewster, RM (2009)

A Simple Explanation of Benford's Law

American Statistician 63(1), pp. 26-32.

ISSN/ISBN: Not available at this time. DOI: 10.1198/tast.2009.0005

Abstract: Benfords Law occurs is, however, elusive. Many researchers have verified for themselves that the law is widely obeyed, but have also noted that the popular explanations are not completely satisfying. In this article we do nothing rigorous, but provide a simple, intuitive explanation of why and when the law applies. It is intended that the explanation should be accessible to school students and anyone with a basic knowledge of probability density curves and logarithms.

@article {MR2655700, AUTHOR = {Fewster, Rachel Mary}, TITLE = {A simple explanation of {B}enford's law}, JOURNAL = {Amer. Statist.}, FJOURNAL = {The American Statistician}, VOLUME = {63}, YEAR = {2009}, NUMBER = {1}, PAGES = {26--32}, ISSN = {0003-1305}, CODEN = {ASTAAJ}, MRCLASS = {Database Expansion Item}, MRNUMBER = {2655700}, DOI = {10.1198/tast.2009.0005}, URL = {}, }

Reference Type: Journal Article

Subject Area(s): Statistics