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The distance between Zipf plots


  • Havlin, Shlomo


We study the Zipf plots describing the occurrence of different elements in a given group as a function of their rank. We define a “distance” between two Zipf plots characterizing the differences between the two groups. We apply the distance concept on groups of words contained in books. Our results suggest that the distance between books written by the same author is smaller than the distance between books written by different authors.

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  • Havlin, Shlomo, 1995. "The distance between Zipf plots," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 216(1), pages 148-150.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:216:y:1995:i:1:p:148-150
    DOI: 10.1016/0378-4371(95)00069-J

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    1. Andreev, Vsevolod & Lukiyanova, Violetta & Kadyshev, Evgenii, 2017. "Analysis of people territorial distribution in regions of the Volga Federal District on the base of Zipf and Gibrat laws," Applied Econometrics, Publishing House "SINERGIA PRESS", vol. 48, pages 97-121.

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