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Risque associé à l'utilisation de la loi de Benford pour détecter les fraudes dans le secteur de la mode
[Risk of Reviews based on Benford Law in the Fashion Sector]


  • Bonache, Adrien
  • Moris, Karen
  • Maurice, Jonathan


Objectives. This paper aims to show that it's not always possible to detect fraud in sales volume with Benford's law. Data. I use video games hardwares sales volume, in Japan (from april 1989), in United-States, France, Germany and United-Kigngdom (from november 2000). Study Design. After a short review of litterature and an introduction of my method, I test the adequation with Benford's law of my 56 weekly sales volume time series with khi-square statistics. Then, I present the bias and their significance. Results. These tests show the inadequacy of our fashion sales time series with the Benford's Law despite the quality of our data base. Thus, for video games hardwares sales volume, Benford's law may be inefficient to detect frauds.

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  • Bonache, Adrien & Moris, Karen & Maurice, Jonathan, 2009. "Risque associé à l'utilisation de la loi de Benford pour détecter les fraudes dans le secteur de la mode
    [Risk of Reviews based on Benford Law in the Fashion Sector]
    ," MPRA Paper 15352, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:15352

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    Loi de Benford; ventes de biens à la mode; détection de fraudes; système dynamique non-linéaire;

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    • C65 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Miscellaneous Mathematical Tools
    • M42 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Accounting - - - Auditing

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