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Which probability distributions satisfy Benford's Law ?

Le : 02/02/2009 11h00
Par : Jesse DORRESTIJN (Utrecht University, Netherlands)
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Résumé : If one investigates numbers obtained from the most various sources, one sees to his surprise that in general the first significant digits do not follow the expected uniform distribution. The first significant digit is oftener 1 than any other digit, and the frequency diminishes up to 9. Benford's Law is the name of the probability distribution which is often followed by the first significant digits. In 1996 Ted Hill posed the question which common distributions satisfy Benford's Law. For my Master's thesis, which I wrote to finish my studies mathematics at the Universiteit Utrecht in The Nethelands, I answered this question. During the talk I will show my results.