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 Feb 2021

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Benford’s Law is a theory which states that small digits (1, 2, 3) appear at the beginning of numbers much more frequently than large digits (7, 8, 9). In theory Benford’s Law can be used to detect anomalies in accounting practices or election results, though in practice it can easily be misapplied. If you suspect a dataset has been created or modified to deceive, Benford’s Law is an excellent first test, but you should always verify your results with an expert before concluding your data has been manipulated.
This is a relatively good explanation of Benford's law.
I've come across the theory in advanced math, but I'm forgetting where I saw the proof. padic analysis perhaps? Look this up.
