Generalized Benford’s Law as a Lie Detector

  title={Generalized Benford’s Law as a Lie Detector},
  author={Nicolas Gauvrit and Jean-Charles Houillon and J. P. Delahaye},
  journal={Advances in Cognitive Psychology},
  pages={121 - 127}
The first significant (leftmost nonzero) digit of seemingly random numbers often appears to conform to a logarithmic distribution, with more 1s than 2s, more 2s than 3s, and so forth, a phenomenon known as Benford’s law. When humans try to produce random numbers, they often fail to conform to this distribution. This feature grounds the so-called Benford analysis, aiming at detecting fabricated data. A generalized Benford’s law (GBL), extending the classical Benford’s law, has been defined… 

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