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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Looks like there's some explaining to do...

There is a lot about the recent Iranian elections that looks rather suspect - the severe crackdown on foreign journalism and internal dissent, the ridiculous speed of announced results, and the massive landslide victory for the incumbent regardless of the region (including the home cities of his rivals). Now there is further evidence compiled by the Polish astrophysicist Dr. Boudewijn F. Roukema in which he displays highly suspicious and statistically anomalous deviations from Benford's Law. I don't have a lot of time at the moment to try and explain his results (nor do I think I am the best person to try), but I thought it was an interesting case of applied mathematics. Of course, getting a government to admit they recently perpetrated a massive fraud on their own people is a bit like convincing a billionaire that he ought to renounce worldly possessions and live off of the generosity of others. I don't have high hopes for the Iranian regime to come clean and open their records.