Posts Tagged ‘ Benford’s Law ’

Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

October 5, 2011
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Do cents follow Benford’s Law?

Benford's law is an amazing thing. If you know the probability distribution that classes of "natural" numbers should have, you can detect where people might be faking data: phony tax returns, bogus scientific studies, etc.

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Dial-a-statistic! Featuring R and Estonia

January 16, 2011
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Dial-a-statistic! Featuring R and Estonia

Did you wake up this morning hoping that you would be able to listen to telephone beeps inspired by Estonian web site metrics? I knew you did! First things first: I came up with the slightly crazy idea of using the bleepy sounds that telephones make, called “dual-tone multifrequency” (DTMF) tones, as a tool in

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Newcomb, Benford, and their Dirty, Dirty Logarithms

August 22, 2010
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Newcomb, Benford, and their Dirty, Dirty Logarithms

Tom Taverner introduced me to Benford’s Law as we were eating lunch together at a statistical computing conference: If you look at the first digits of data in many naturally-occuring datasets, a startling 30 percent of them are ones. “Pah!” I said. “That belies intuition! Why would one digit occur any more than another? I’d

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