The size distribution of US cities: Not Pareto, even in the tail
AbstractWe question the claim that the largest US cities are Pareto distributed. We show that results of multiple tests on real data are similar to those obtained when the true distribution is lognormal, and largely depend on sample sizes.
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Volume (Year): 120 (2013)
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City size distribution; Zipf distribution; Power-law; Lognormal distribution; Maximum entropy;
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- C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
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