[R] analyzing results from Tuesday's US elections

Rolf Turner r@turner @end|ng |rom @uck|@nd@@c@nz
Sat Nov 14 03:59:49 CET 2020

On Thu, 12 Nov 2020 01:23:06 +0100
Martin Møller Skarbiniks Pedersen <traxplayer using gmail.com> wrote:

> Please watch this video if you wrongly believe that Benford's law
> easily can be applied to elections results.
> https://youtu.be/etx0k1nLn78

Just watched this video and found it to be delightfully enlightening
and entertaining.  (Thank you Martin for posting the link.)

However a question springs to mind:  why is it the case that Trump's
vote counts in Chicago *do* seem to follow Benford's law (at least
roughly) when, as is apparently to be expected, Biden's don't?

Has anyone any explanation for this?  Any ideas?


Rolf Turner

Honorary Research Fellow
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
Phone: +64-9-373-7599 ext. 88276

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