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Benford's Law

The IRS can start to identify cheating by simply looking at the first digits of the figures on a tax return. In certain situations—for sets of data with specific attributes—numbers are much more likely to start with lower digits than higher ones. How can this be and why?

  • Introduction: Benford's First Digit Law and Tax Day
  • Introduction (cont.)
  • Benford's Law and the IRS
  • The Math
  • The Answers

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