A bizarre property of numbers, powerful enough to spot tax cheats, fake data…

A fascinating, simple, powerful, and completely counter-intuitive discovery about numbers. No matter what kind of numbers you sample, 30% of them start with the digit 1. This can be used to flag fraudulent data, detect tax cheats, uncover software bugs, and more.

It’s an easy read, well-illustrated, and almost too strange to be true. It’s called “Benford’s Law” and it’s a real mind-bender.

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