Re: Benford's Law: Some numbers are less random than others.

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Date: Tue May 02 2000 - 06:09:16 PDT

In a message dated 5/2/2000 6:02:37 AM, writes:

>It would be interesting to see how horseracing results fare in a
>> Benford analysis. Every horse in a race has an assigned
>> number. Perhaps someone might be able to put to profitable
>> use the fact that the probability of the leading digit in a Benford
>> distribution being either a one or a two is close to 50 per cent.

except that the number of starters in a field of horses is almost less than
12, and (the author was Irish) in the US frequently less than 10. If the
latter, there'd be no one-upsmanship, yes?

(neat stuff, thanks)


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