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What Sequences obey Benford's Law ?


  • Marco Corazza

    () (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)

  • Andrea Ellero

    () (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)

  • Alberto Zorzi

    () (Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Venice)


We propose a new necessary and sufficient condition to test whether a sequence is Benford (base-b) or not and apply this characterization to some kinds of sequences (re)obtaining some well known results, as the fact that the sequence of powers of 2 is Benford (base-10).

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  • Marco Corazza & Andrea Ellero & Alberto Zorzi, 2008. "What Sequences obey Benford's Law ?," Working Papers 185, Department of Applied Mathematics, Universit√† Ca' Foscari Venezia.
  • Handle: RePEc:vnm:wpaper:185

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    Benford's law; equidistributed sequences; ergodic endomorphisms;

    JEL classification:

    • C02 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - General - - - Mathematical Economics
    • C83 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Data Collection and Data Estimation Methodology; Computer Programs - - - Survey Methods; Sampling Methods

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