Breaking the Law

The Objective

To prove if Benford's Law applies to randomly generated numbers, and not just numbers occuring from natural data sets.

Methods/Materials

Materials:

Microsoft Excel Random Number Generator

Calculator

Reliable Helper

Methods: Generate a certain amount of data sets, with a specific amount of numbers per set Calculate the occurance of each number 1 through 9 as the first digit of a number within the data set Compare the tested results to Benford's Law

Results

Benford's Law does not hold valid for all types of numerical data sets; Benford's Law does not apply to randomly generated numbers

Conclusions/Discussion

The law does not occur to randomly generated numbers because the percentage for each number to occur as the first digit of a number is the same.

I tested the validity of Benford's Law when applied to randomly generated numbers.

Science Fair Project done By Travis McHugh

 

 

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