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On Zipf's law

  • Michael Woodroofe (a1) and Bruce Hill (a1)

A Zipf's law is a probability distribution on the positive integers which decays algebraically. Such laws describe (approximately) a large class of phenomena. We formulate a model for such phenomena and, in terms of our model, give necessary and sufficient conditions for a Zipf's law to hold.

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Journal of Applied Probability
  • ISSN: 0021-9002
  • EISSN: 1475-6072
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