Fake primes

Someone asked on Math Overflow about the distribution of digits in primes. It seems 0 is the least common digit and 1 the most common digit.

Dan Piponi replies “this is probably just a combination of general properties of sets of numbers with a density similar to the primes and the fact that primes end in 1, 3, 7 or 9” and supports this by showing that “fake primes” have very similar digit distributions as actual primes. He generates the nth fake prime by starting with n log n and generating a nearby random integer ending in 1, 3, 7, or 9.

It seems like this fake prime function could be useful for studying more questions. Here is Dan Piponi’s Mathematica implementation:

    fakePrime[n_] :=
      {m = n Log[n]},
      10 RandomInteger[{Floor[0.09 m], Floor[0.11 m]}] + 
         RandomChoice[{1, 3, 7, 9}]

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