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© D.L. Crumbley

Benford’s Law

Distribution of initial digits in natural numbers is not random

Predictable pattern:

There is software to detect potentially invented numbers in many situations

6= 6.7%

7= 5.8%

8= 5.1%

9= 4.6%

1= 30.1%

2= 17.6%

3= 12.5%

4= 9.7%

5= 7.9%

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