Risque associé à l’utilisation de la loi de Benford pour détecter les fraudes dans le secteur de la mode [Risk of Reviews based on Benford Law in the Fashion. Français: Fréquences relatives d’apparition de la 1ère décimale d’un résultat de mesure selon la Loi de Benford Licence: Date, 31 March A Simple Explanation of Benford’s Law. R. M. FEWSTER. Benford’s Law, also known as the first-digit law, has long been seen as a tantalizing and mysterious.

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Formann provided an alternative explanation by directing attention to the interrelation between the distribution of the significant digits and the distribution of the observed variable. Benford’s law was empirically tested against the numbers up to the 10th digit generated by a number of important distributions, including the uniform distributionlou exponential distributionthe half-normal distributionthe right-truncated normalthe normal distributionthe chi square distribution and the log normal distribution.

One is an exponential growth or decay process: Although the half-normal distribution does not obey Benford’s law, the ratio distribution of two half-normal distributions does.

Webarchive template wayback links Use dmy dates from June Commons category link from Wikidata. An empirical distribution is called equivalent to the Benford’s law if a distance for example total variation distance or the usual Euclidean distance between the probability mass functions is sufficiently small.

The phenomenon was again noted in by the physicist Frank Benford[4] who tested it on data from 20 different domains and was credited for it. Like other general principles about natural data — for example the fact that many data sets are well approximated by a normal distribution — there are illustrative examples and explanations that cover many of the cases where Benford’s law applies, though there are many other cases where Benford’s law applies that resist a simple explanation.

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See general information about how to correct material in RePEc. There is a generalization of the law to numbers expressed in other bases for example, base 16and also a generalization from leading 1 digit to leading n digits. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Similarly, the macroeconomic data the Greek government reported to the European Union before benvord the eurozone was shown to be probably fraudulent using Benford’s law, albeit years after the country benfor.


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Benford’s law also describes the exponential distribution and the ratio distribution of two exponential distributions well. But consider a list of lengths that is spread evenly over many orders of magnitude. The importance of this benchmark for detecting irregularities in prices was bdnford demonstrated in a Europe-wide study [26] which investigated consumer price digits before and after the euro introduction for price adjustments.

It has been shown that this result applies to a wide variety of data sets, including electricity bills, street addresses, stock prices, house prices, population numbers, death rates, lengths of rivers, physical and mathematical constants [3]. This method of testing with application to Benford’s law is described in Ostrovski Morrow has determined the critical values for both these statistics, which are shown below: If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the “citations” tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Benford’s Law and psychological pricing after the euro introduction”. Applying this to all possible measurement scales gives the logarithmic distribution of Benford’s law. Benford’s nenford tends to apply most accurately to data that are distributed uniformly across several orders of magnitude. Neither the normal distribution nor the ratio distribution of two normal distributions the Cauchy distribution obey Benford’s law. I use video games hardwares sales volume, in Japan from aprilin United-States, France, Germany and United-Kigngdom from november Not to be confused with the unrelated adage Benford’s law of controversy.

The introduction of the euro inwith its various exchange rates, distorted existing nominal price patterns while at the same time retaining real henford.

Benford’s law is sometimes stated in a stronger form, asserting that the fractional part of the logarithm of data is typically close to uniformly distributed between 0 and 1; from this, the main claim about the distribution of first digits can be derived.


InHal Varian suggested that the law could be used to detect possible fraud in lists of socio-economic data submitted benfogd support of public planning decisions. For instance, the probability that a “2” is encountered as the second digit is [36].

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Official web link subscription required. A number of criteria—applicable particularly to accounting data—have been suggested where Benford’s Law can be expected to apply and not to apply.

Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting. If a quantity is exponentially increasing or decreasing in time, then the percentage of time that it has each first digit satisfies Benford’s Law asymptotically i. If CitEc recognized a reference but did not link an item in RePEc to it, you can help bdnford this form.

This result can be used to find bentord probability that a particular digit occurs at a given position within a number. Retrieved 15 December Other distributions that have been examined include the Muth distributionGompertz distributionWeibull distributiongamma distributionlog-logistic distribution bbenford the exponential power distribution all of which show reasonable agreement with the law.

The log scale distorts the horizontal distances, so the height has to be nenford also, in order for the area under each section of the curve to remain true to the original distribution.

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Thus, real-world distributions that span several orders of magnitude rather uniformly e. Likewise, some continuous processes satisfy Benford’s Law exactly in the asymptotic limit as the process continues through time. Wikimedia Commons benfrod media related to Benford’s law.

MathWorld, A Benfogd web resource. Unlike multiplicative fluctuations, additive fluctuations do not lead to Benford’s law: The reason is that the logarithm of the stock price is undergoing a random walkso over time its probability distribution will get more and more broad and smooth see above. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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