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An Introduction to Benford's Law$
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Arno Berger and Theodore P. Hill

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691163062

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691163062.001.0001

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Applications of Benford's Law

Applications of Benford's Law

(p.223) Chapter Ten Applications of Benford's Law
An Introduction to Benford's Law

Arno Berger

Theodore P. Hill

Princeton University Press

This chapter provides a overview of the practical applications of Benford's law. These include fraud detection, detection of natural phenomena, diagnostics and design, computations and computer science, and as a pedagogical tool. In contrast to the rest of the book, this chapter is necessarily expository and informal. It has been organized into a handful of ad hoc categories, which the authors hope will help illuminate the main ideas. None of the conclusions of the experiments or data presented here have been scrutinized or verified by the authors of this book, since the intent here is not to promote or critique any specific application. Rather the goal is to offer a representative cross-section of the related scientific literature, in the hopes that this might continue to facilitate research in both the theory and practical applications of Benford's law.

Keywords:   Benford's law, fraud detection, natural phenomena, diagnostics, pedagogical tool, computations, computer science

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