Theory into practice: Benford’s Law finds financial fraud
Abstract: Benford’s Law is a relatively old statistical precept regarding the frequency of certain numbers in random data sets. But only in recent years has it become effective in detecting fraud, thanks to technological advances. This article explains how, informed by Benford’s Law, fraud experts use spreadsheet software to identify questionable numbers and suspicious activities. Often, experts spot possible financial manipulation that would be invisible to the naked eye.