Benford’s Law and Blog Forgery

I’ve written before here on the absurdly under-exploited Benford’s Law, and today Jason Kottke has an entertaining solipsistic use. He deploys the mathematical property — having to do with the distribution of leading digits in certain numbers — to detect himself cheating at forging timestamps on his own blog posts.

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Comments

  1. Mike Blakley says:

    There are a wide variety of uses for the application of Benford’s law, e.g. detection of tax fraud, voting fraud, “curb-stoning” in surveys, testing data integrity in databases, etc. I have some examples and case studies to share.