Benford's Law

noun Ben·ford's Law \ˈben-fərdz-\

Definition of Benford's Law

  1. :  a law in statistics: the probability of a particular numeral n appearing in the first decimal place of an element of a set of numbers is equal to log10(1+1n) This law describes how, in any given collection of numbers being studied, more of them will be likely to start with a 1 than any other number. 2's will appear at the beginning less often, 3's still less, and so on, at a predictable rate.

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Origin and Etymology of benford's law

after Frank Benford †1948 American physicist The probability was defined by Benford in “The Law of Anomalous Numbers,” Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 78, no. 4 (March 31, 1938), pp. 551-72.

First Known Use: 1969

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