An Introduction to Benford's Law by Arno Berger,Theodore P. Hill

By Arno Berger,Theodore P. Hill

This e-book presents the 1st finished therapy of Benford's legislations, the spectacular logarithmic distribution of vital digits chanced on within the overdue 19th century. setting up the mathematical and statistical ideas that underpin this exciting phenomenon, the textual content combines updated theoretical effects with overviews of the law’s colourful historical past, quickly starting to be physique of empirical facts, and wide variety of applications.

An creation to Benford’s Law starts off with uncomplicated proof approximately major digits, Benford capabilities, sequences, and random variables, together with instruments from the idea of uniform distribution. After introducing the scale-, base-, and sum-invariance characterizations of the legislation, the publication develops the significant-digit houses of either deterministic and stochastic procedures, similar to iterations of features, powers of matrices, differential equations, and items, powers, and combinations of random variables. concluding chapters survey the finitely additive concept and the flourishing purposes of Benford’s law.

Carefully chosen diagrams, tables, and shut to a hundred and fifty examples remove darkness from the most techniques all through. The textual content contains many open difficulties, as well as dozens of latest easy theorems and all of the major references. A distinguishing function is the emphasis at the excellent ubiquity and robustness of the significant-digit legislations. this article can function either a prime reference and a foundation for seminars and courses.

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