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Benford's Law in a Big Data World

Online Exclusives Lal Balkaran, CIA, FCPA, FCGA, FCMA May 07, 2019

Applying the mathematical digital analysis tool to large data sets can help auditors detect fraud and other problems.

The power of Benford's Law has never been as critical given the rise of big data and computing power. The digital analysis tool has been used in numerous high-profile forensic investigations, including investigations of voter fraud in the 2009 Iranian election and Greece's efforts to hide its debt in 2015.

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Lal Balkaran, CIA, FCPA, FCGA, FCMA

Lal Balkaran is an internal auditor and independent consultant with more than 30 years' experience based in Scarborough, Ontario.