# INTRODUCTION #
This script represents a full-featured framework for assessing Benford's Law conformity. It can be used in order to perform all the tests proposed by Nigrini et al. (2012):
> the Primary Tests: First Digits Analysis, Second Digits Analysis, First-Two Digits
> the Advanced Tests: Third Digits Analysis, Second Order Analysis, Summation Analysis
> the Associated Tests: Last-Two Digits Analysis, Number Duplication Analysis, Distortion Factor Model
> the Mantissae Analysis
> the Zipf's Law Analysis
For each significant digit analysis, the following conformity indicators are provided:
> Goodness-of-Fit Measures (14):
==> Anderson-Darling Discrete (Choulakian, 1994)
==> Chebyshev Distance (Leemis, 2000)
==> Cramer-von Mises Discrete (Choulakian, 1994)
==> Euclidean Distance (Cho & Gaines, 2007)
==> Freedman's U2 (Freedman, 1981)
==> Freeman-Tukey T2 (Freeman & Tukey, 1950)
==> Hotelling's Joint Digits (Hotelling, 1931)
==> Judge-Schechter Mean Deviation (Judge & Schechter, 2009)
==> Kolmogorov-Smirnov (Kolomonorgov, 1933)
==> Kuiper (Kuiper, 1960)
==> Likelihood Ratio (Neyman & Pearson, 1933)
==> Pearson's X2 (Pearson, 1900)
==> Watson's U2 Discrete (Choulakian, 1994)
> Mean Absolute Deviation (Nigrini et al., 2012)
> Sum of Square Differences (Kossovsky, 2014)
> Z-Scores (Nigrini et al., 2012)
# DATASET & USAGE #
The framework doesn't require any specific dataset structure. Numeric data can be extracted from any source or produced using any existing methodology, but a minimum amount of 1000 elements (with at least 50 unique observations) is required in order to perform a coherent analysis.
The "run.m" script provides an example of how this framework can be used, but all the functions located in the "Scripts" folder can be executed in standalone computation processes. It is recommended to validate and preprocess the dataset using the "benford_data" function. The "benford_analyse" functions can be used in order to perform a full automatic analysis of the dataset and plot the results. The "benford_random" function is an additional tool that produces random numbers whose digits follow the Benford's Law distribution.
Tommaso Belluzzo (2021). Benford's Law (https://github.com/TommasoBelluzzo/BenfordLaw), GitHub. Retrieved .
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