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Benford

In 1881 the astronomer Simon Newcomb found that first pages of logarithm tables were more worn out than the latter ones. He concluded that the digit 1 occurs more often in “natural” data than any other digit. The physicist Frank Benford later rediscovered the result. It is since then named after him. With this exhibit you can examine some data sets by yourself whether they obey “Benfords Law” or not. Just take the marked first digits of the numbers and count them with the help of the buttons.

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