Zipf law for Brazilian cities
This work studies the Zipf law for cities in Brazil. Data from censuses of 1970, 1980, 1991 and 2000 were used to select a sample containing only cities with 30,000 inhabitants or more. The results show that the population distribution in Brazilian cities does follow a power-law similar to the ones found in other countries. Estimates of the power-law exponent were found to be 2.22±0.34 for the 1970 and 1980 censuses, and 2.26±0.11 for censuses of 1991 and 2000. More accurate results were obtained with the maximum likelihood estimator, showing an exponent equal to 2.41 for 1970 and 2.36 for the other 3 years.
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Volume (Year): 367 (2006)
Issue (Month): C ()
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