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Benford’s law in relation to terminal digit preference
  1. S J Hayes
  1. Department of Histopathology, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Salford, UK
  1. Dr S Hayes, Department of Histopathology, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, Stott Lane, Salford M6 8HD, UK; stephen.hayes{at}srft.nhs.uk

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I read with interest the article by Beer,1 describing a proposed application of Benford’s law, in relation to pathological measurement and terminal digit preference. Benford’s law, also called the first-digit law, states that in lists of numbers from many real-life sources of data, the leading digit can be distributed uniformly in a logarithmic scale.2 3

Beer’s article relates to recent publications, assessing pathological measurement, stating that …

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