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Does MTA Turnstile Data Follow Benford’s Law?

I recently learned about Benford’s Law through the Netflix series Connected, with Latif Nasser. Episode 4: ‘Digits’ explores how this phenomenon applies to music, social media, tax fraud, and more. It’s a fun show and I’d highly recommend checking it out if you’ve got the time.

A quick primer on Benford’s Law from Wikipedia:

Benford’s law, also called the Newcomb–Benford law, the law of anomalous numbers, or the first-digit law, is an observation about the frequency distribution of leading digits in many real-life sets of…

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