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Benford's LawTheory and Applications$
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Steven J. Miller

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691147611

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691147611.001.0001

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Benfordʼs Law as a Bridge between Statistics and Accounting

Benfordʼs Law as a Bridge between Statistics and Accounting

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(p.177) Chapter Seven Benfordʼs Law as a Bridge between Statistics and Accounting
Source:
Benford's Law
Author(s):

Richard J. Cleary

Jay C. Thibodeau

Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691147611.003.0007

This chapter explores the connections between statistics and accounting through Benford's law and considers the questions of when and how to effectively deliver this material in such a way that Benford's law can be a tool that helps accountants make stronger and more efficient decisions using sound statistical practice. It looks at the current state of statistics education for accounting students and presents some of the ways in which accounting practice, particularly in auditing, can benefit from a statistical point of view. The chapter then demonstrates how Benford's law can be used to reinforce the key concepts that appear at the intersection of ideas from statistics and accounting. Finally, the chapter concludes with some suggestions for how to effectively incorporate Benford's law into the curriculum.

Keywords:   statistics, accounting, statistics education, accounting students, auditing, accounting programs

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