Probability Surveys 8, pp. 1-126.

**ISSN/ISBN:** Not available at this time.
**DOI:** 10.1214/11-PS175

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**Abstract:** Drawing from a large, diverse body of work, this survey presents a comprehensive and unified introduction to the mathematics underlying
the prevalent logarithmic distribution of significant digits and significands,
often referred to as Benford’s Law (BL) or, in a special case, as the First Digit Law. The invariance properties that characterize BL are developed in detail. Special attention is given to the emergence of BL in a wide variety of
deterministic and random processes. Though mainly expository in nature, the article also provides strengthened versions of, and simplified proofs for, many key results in the literature. Numerous intriguing problems for future research arise naturally.

**Bibtex:**

```
@article {,
AUTHOR = {Berger, Arno and Hill, Theodore P.},
TITLE = {A basic theory of {B}enford's law},
JOURNAL = {Probab. Surv.},
FJOURNAL = {Probability Surveys},
VOLUME = {8},
YEAR = {2011},
PAGES = {1--126},
ISSN = {1549-5787},
DOI = {10.1214/11-PS175},
URL = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1214/11-PS175},
}
```

**Reference Type:** Journal Article

**Subject Area(s):** Dynamical Systems, Probability Theory