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Benford, FA (2020)

Fourier Analysis and Benford Random Variables

Preprint arXiv:arXiv:2006.07136 [stat.OT]; last accessed June 20, 2020.

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Abstract: This paper has several major purposes. The central purpose is to describe the "Benford analysis" of a positive random variable and to summarize some results from investigations into base dependence of Benford random variables. The principal tools used to derive these results are Fourier series and Fourier transforms, and a second major purpose of this paper is to present an introductory exposition about these tools. My motivation for writing this paper is twofold. First, I think the theory of Benford random variables and the Benford analysis of a positive random variable are interesting and deserve to be better known. Second, I think that Benford analysis provides a really excellent illustration of the utility of Fourier series and transforms, and reveals certain interconnections between series and transforms that are not obvious from the usual way these subjects are introduced.

@misc{, title={Fourier Analysis and Benford Random Variables}, author={Frank A. Benford}, year={2020}, eprint={2006.07136}, archivePrefix={arXiv}, primaryClass={stat.OT} }

Reference Type: Preprint

Subject Area(s): Analysis