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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