Benford ’ s law in the natural sciences

  title={Benford ’ s law in the natural sciences},
  author={Malcolm Sambridge and H. Tkal and Andy Jackson},
[1] More than 100 years ago it was predicted that the distribution of first digits of real world observations would not be uniform, but instead follow a trend where measurements with lower first digit (1,2,...) occur more frequently than those with higher first digits (...,8,9). This result has long been known but regarded largely as a mathematical curiosity and received little attention in the natural sciences. Here we show that the first digit rule is likely to be a widespread phenomenon and… CONTINUE READING
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