Biggest Test of Benford's Law?
Earlier this week a swapped a couple of emails with someone at Google involved with looking at web page statistics on the Google database. They probably have the one of the largestest corpus of textual data in the world and it's a mixture of data from a wide variety of sources. This makes it an ideal candidate for testing Benford's law and that's what I'm suggesting they do. The published tests I've seen so far are pretty small but it'd be fun to see the results from, say, a billion web pages. Coincidentally Boing Boing just had a linky to a New York Times story on it form 1998. Anyway...I asked the guy to email me if they carry out the test. It's probably pretty low down on their list of priorities. So of course I'll report back.