Terminal digit preference: beware of Benford’s law

@article{Beer2009TerminalDP,
  title={Terminal digit preference: beware of Benford’s law},
  author={Trevor William Beer},
  journal={Journal of Clinical Pathology},
  year={2009},
  volume={62},
  pages={192 - 192}
}
  • T. Beer
  • Published 29 January 2009
  • Computer Science
  • Journal of Clinical Pathology
Recording numerical data in pathology reports is routine and in some cases may provide valuable prognostic data (eg, tumour size for cancer staging). Hayes has recently observed that there is a tendency for reporters to favour 0 and 5 as the last digits in measurements “terminal digit preference”.1 This is perhaps not surprising as gross measurements are often approximations taken in a relatively imprecise fashion (eg, holding a ruler to an irregularly shaped and flexible tissue sample), and… 
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