Most Frequently Used DigitDate: 6/13/96 at 9:57:11 From: dhautree Subject: Most used digit Which is the most frequent digit in our number system? Date: 6/19/96 at 8:47:12 From: Doctor Patrick Subject: Re: Most used digit Hi! As far as I know there really isn't a digit in our number system which is used more then any other. All of the digits which we use to make numbers get a lot of use -- in fact I'll bet you use all of them many times a day. -Doctor Patrick, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Date: 05/25/2003 at 08:39:48 From: Carsten Subject: asymmetric distribution of digits in real life Hello there, A couple of years ago I saw some kind of study about exactly this subject. It stated that if you extract and compare a large number of digits from real life sources (birth dates, company balances, temperatures...), there actually exists an asymmetric distribution. The digit "1" is supposed to be more frequent than the "2", which in turn is more frequent than the "3" and so on. Furthermore, this study described a procedure to use this phenomenon to distinguish between arbitrarily set values (such as a fake income declaration) and values that evolved in real life. Have you heard anything about this theory, or do you know of anyone who has had anything to do with a similar subject who might help me find this study? Thanks in advance! Carsten Date: 05/26/2003 at 12:14:30 From: Doctor Douglas Subject: Re: asymmetric distribution of digits in real life Hi Carsten, You're undoubtedly referring to "Benford's Law", which is sometimes known as the "leading digit phenomenon", and notes that the most common *leading* digit is "1". Note that this answers a slightly different question than "What is the most commonly used digit?", although the two are closely related. A starting point is the following web page in our archives: Benford's Law http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/view/52762.html -Doctor Douglas, The Math Forum http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Date: 05/27/2003 at 06:28:09 From: Carsten Subject: Thank you (asymmetric distribution of digits in real life) Hi, Thanks a lot, this was exactly what I have been looking for! Ciao, Carsten |
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