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An Introduction to Benford's Law

Arno Berger and Theodore P. Hill


This book provides the first comprehensive treatment of Benford's law, the surprising logarithmic distribution of significant digits discovered in the late nineteenth century. Establishing the mathematical and statistical principles that underpin this intriguing phenomenon, the text combines up-to-date theoretical results with overviews of the law's colorful history, rapidly growing body of empirical evidence, and wide range of applications. The book begins with basic facts about significant digits, Benford functions, sequences, and random variables, including tools from the theory of uniform ... More

Keywords: Benford's law, significant digits, logarithmic distribution, Benford functions, random variables, sequences, uniform distribution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780691163062
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691163062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Arno Berger, author
University of Alberta

Theodore P. Hill, author
Emeritus Georgia Tech