Benford's law

Goal:

In a wide variety of data sets (including electricity bills, street addresses, stock prices, population numbers, death rates, lengths of rivers, physical and mathematical constants), it has been empirically observed that the leading digits are distributed according to the so-called Benford's law. The aim of this project was (at least) twofold:
- one goal was to study some of the properties of this law;
- another one was to numerically check that, in many real-life sources of data, frequency distribution of digits indeed obey this law.

Supervisor: Ivan Nourdin.

Difficulty level: Medium level.

Obtained results: Link to the report of Lynn Van der Weken, Julie Kersch and Christina Haack

FSCT -- University of Luxembourg