Benford’s Law satisfies Stigler’s Law

Looking around for other entries on Benford’s Law, I found this nice entry that attributes Benford’s Law to the astronomer Simon Newcomb, instead of Benford (who rediscovered the distribution fifty years later). This is quite in line with Stigler’s Law of Eponymy, which states that (almost) no scientific law is named after its original discoverer. The post of Peter Coles also covers the connection between Benford’s Law and Jeffreys’ prior for scale parameters, which is discussed in Jim Berger’s Statistical Decision Theory and Bayesian Analysis.

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