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An Introduction to Benford's Law
Arno Berger & Theodore P. Hill

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Preface vii
1 Introduction 1
1.1 History 3
1.2 Empirical evidence 4
1.3 Early explanations 6
1.4 Mathematical framework 7
2 Significant Digits and the Significand 11
2.1 Significant digits 11
2.2 The significand 12
2.3 The significand σ-algebra 14
3 The Benford Property 22
3.1 Benford sequences 23
3.2 Benford functions 28
3.3 Benford distributions and random variables 29
4 The Uniform Distribution and Benford's Law 43
4.1 Uniform distribution characterization of Benford's law 43
4.2 Uniform distribution of sequences and functions 46
4.3 Uniform distribution of random variables 54
5 Scale-, Base-, and Sum-Invariance 63
5.1 The scale-invariance property 63
5.2 The base-invariance property 74
5.3 The sum-invariance property 80
6 Real-valued Deterministic Processes 90
6.1 Iteration of functions 90
6.2 Sequences with polynomial growth 93
6.3 Sequences with exponential growth 97
6.4 Sequences with super-exponential growth 101
6.5 An application to Newton's method 111
6.6 Time-varying systems 116
6.7 Chaotic systems: Two examples 124
6.8 Differential equations 127
7 Multi-dimensional Linear Processes 135
7.1 Linear processes, observables, and difference equations 135
7.2 Nonnegative matrices 139
7.3 General matrices 145
7.4 An application to Markov chains 162
7.5 Linear difference equations 165
7.6 Linear differential equations 170
8 Real-valued Random Processes 180
8.1 Convergence of random variables to Benford's law 180
8.2 Powers, products, and sums of random variables 182
8.3 Mixtures of distributions 202
8.4 Random maps 213
9 Finitely Additive Probability and Benford's Law 216
9.1 Finitely additive probabilities 217
9.2 Finitely additive Benford probabilities 219
10 Applications of Benford's Law 223
10.1 Fraud detection 224
10.2 Detection of natural phenomena 225
10.3 Diagnostics and design 226
10.4 Computations and Computer Science 228
10.5 Pedagogical tool 230
List of Symbols 231
Bibliography 234
Index 245

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