Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society 122(4), pp. 193-197.

**ISSN/ISBN:** 0003-049X
**DOI:** Not available at this time.

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**Abstract:** In this paper we show by a rather elementary statistical method that Benford's law is expected to hold for tables containing random numbers. However, statistical randomness is not a uniquely defined concept. Thus we also harve defined a particular process to create such random numbers. What remains unexplained is why popula- tion tables and many other socioeconomic quantities behave like random numbers.

**Bibtex:**

```
@article{,
title={The first digit phenomenon},
author={Logan, Jonothan L and Goudsmit, Samuel A},
journal={Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society},
pages={193--197},
year={1978},
publisher={JSTOR},
ISSN={0003-049X},
URL={http://www.jstor.org/stable/986530 },
}
```

**Reference Type:** Journal Article

**Subject Area(s):** General Interest, Statistics