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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) is the European Commission's science and knowledge service which employs scientists to carry out research in order to provide independent scientific advice and support to EU policy.
JRC scientists propose a novel application of statistical theory (Newcomb-Benford Law) to detect frauds in international trade.
Have you ever noticed how the first pages of big reference books and tables are more worn and smudged than later pages?
Or how, in certain large sets of data, some numbers start with a certain digit (other than zero) more often than others?
The probability of these events is explained by the Newcomb-Benford Law, or first digit law.
The detection of frauds is one of the most prominent applications of this statistical theory.
Next 14 December, the European Commission is launching the Competence Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT). It represents the European Commission's primary platform for policy support and capacity building in technology transfer at the EU, national, regional and local level.
The core mission of the CCTT is to provide expert services to DGs, regional and local authorities and relevant stakeholders in three key areas: