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#### Publisher Comments

Beginning with the general theory, the contributors explain the prevalence of the bias, highlighting explanations for when systems should and should not follow Benford's law and how quickly such behavior sets in. They go on to discuss important applications in disciplines ranging from accounting and economics to psychology and the natural sciences. The contributors describe how Benford's law has been successfully used to expose fraud in elections, medical tests, tax filings, and financial reports. Additionally, numerous problems, background materials, and technical details are available online to help instructors create courses around the book.

Emphasizing common challenges and techniques across the disciplines, this accessible book shows how Benford's law can serve as a productive meeting ground for researchers and practitioners in diverse fields.

#### Synopsis

**--Iddo Ben-Ari, University of Connecticut**

"Benford's law has been underappreciated by academics and scholars since its appearance, and a book of this kind has long been needed. It offers a well-organized, unified presentation of Benford's law from both a theoretical point of view and an applications standpoint."**--Marco Corazza, Ca' Foscari University of Venice (Italy)**

### About the Author

*Steven J. Miller*is associate professor of mathematics at Williams College. He is the coauthor of

*An Invitation to Modern Number Theory*(Princeton).

### Product Details

- ISBN:
- 9780691147611
- Binding:
- Hardcover
- Publication date:
- 05/26/2015
- Publisher:
- Princeton University Press
- Language:
- English
- Pages:
- 464
- Height:
- 9 in
- Width:
- 6 in
- Thickness:
- 1.50
- Illustration:
- Yes
- Author:
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- Media Run Time:
- B
- Subject:
- Mathematics
- Subject:
- Economics
- Subject:
- Mathematics | Probability and Statistics