Monday, November 9, 2020

Don't count your chickens...yet

Content removed because a reader pointed out that I had an serious error in my assumptions.

Mr/Mrs Unknown, thanks for keeping me honest.


  1. Just FYI. "Benford's Law" is not about the distribution of a data set, it's all about the distribution of the numerical count itself within a dataset, and how that numerical count should distribute its "first digit".

    "Benford's law, also called the Newcomb–Benford law, the law of anomalous numbers, or the first-digit law, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of numerical data."

    1. Thanks for pointing that out.

      I eliminated the content but left the post standing as a "blank". It is good have a permanent record of mistakes. It keeps me humble.

  2. Benford's Law may or may not apply in unraveling this mess, but I found this discussion of ballot anomalies very interesting.

    The writer doe have another aggregated thread regarding Benford's Law, too.

  3. Must be something to it. Facebook won't let it be shared at all; saying it has been found by some to be abusive. What? Stranger and stranger.