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Benford's LawTheory and Applications$
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Steven J. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147611

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147611.001.0001

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Generalizing Benfordʼs Law

Generalizing Benfordʼs Law

(p.304) Chapter Seventeen Generalizing Benfordʼs Law
Benford's Law

Joanne Lee

Wendy K. Tam Cho

George Judge

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines and searches for evidence of fraud in two clinical data sets from a highly publicized case of scientific misconduct. In this case, data were falsified by Eric Poehlman, a faculty member at the University of Vermont, who pleaded guilty to fabricating more than a decade of data, some connected to federal grants from the National Institutes of Health. Poehlman had authored influential studies on many topics; including obesity, menopause, lipids, and aging. The chapter's classical Benford analysis along with a presentation of a more general class of Benford-like distributions highlights interesting insights into this and similar cases. In addition, this chapter demonstrates how information-theoretic methods and other data-adaptive methods are promising tools for generating benchmark distributions of first significant digits (FSDs) and examining data sets for departures from expectations.

Keywords:   fraud, scientific misconduct, Eric Poehlman, Benford analysis, information-theoretic methods, data-adaptive methods, first significant digits, FSDs

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