1 is more common than 2?
November 3, 2006 11:00 AM Subscribe
1 is more common than 2? Help me find a recent article that talks about "data" having a tendency to start with 1.
posted by wogbat to Computers & Internet (7 answers total)
I recently (last ten days) saw an article from a study that said that numbers that begin with 1 such as 12,000, 112,322, 1,022, were much more common in "data" than similar numbers that started with 9, for example. They went on to say that accountants (or the IRS maybe?) use this to determine whether false data follows the same pattern. Basically the point was that in real-world data we would think that 123 would be as common as 923, but in fact numbers that begin with 1 are more common. It doesn't make sense to me now, so I wanna re-read it.
My google fu isn't working because I want to search on "numbers" "1" "9" "accountant" "distribution". I read digg, reddit, lifehacker, mefi, and slashdot and it is likely it came from one of those.