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Huxley, SJ (1999)

Why Benford's Law works and How to do digit analysis on spreadsheets

Presented at the 1999 International Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute.

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Abstract: Digit analysis is a new weapon in the arsenal of auditors and others seeking to verify the authenticity of a list of numbers. These numbers may represent transactions, income statement figures, or stock market movements. Benfordís Law states that the first digits in any list of numbers that have not been generated by some systematic process follow a logarithmic rather than a uniform pattern, with 1ís accounting for 30 percent of all leading digits, 2ís about 17 percent, and so forth, declining to about five percent for 9ís. This paper provides several explanations of why Benfordís Law works and extends it to other forms of digit analysis.


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@inproceedings{, title={Why Benfordís law works and how to do digit analysis on spreadsheets}, author={Huxley, Stephen J}, booktitle={International Conference of the Decision Sciences Institute}, year={1999}, }


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