### Hoppe, FM (2013)

#### Benford's Law and Distractors in Multiple Choice Exams

Preprint on physics arXiv -Submitted on 27 Nov 2013; last revised 6 May 2014; last accessed December 3, 2014 .

**ISSN/ISBN:** Not available at this time.
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**Abstract:** Suppose that in a multiple choice examination the leading digit of the correct options follows Benford's Law, while the the leading digit of the distractors are uniform. Consider a strategy for guessing at answers that selects the option with the lowest leading digit with ties broken at random. We provide an expression for the probability that this strategy selects the correct option.

**Bibtex:**

```
@unpublished{,
AUTHOR = {Fred M. Hoppe},
MONTH = {November},
TITLE = {Benford's Law and Distractors in Multiple Choice Exams},
YEAR = {2013},
DATE = {November 27, 2013},
EPRINT = {arXiv:1311.7606v2 [physics.data-an]},
URL = {http://arxiv.org/abs/1311.7606}
}
```

**Reference Type:** Preprint

**Subject Area(s):** General Interest, Probability Theory