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A Probability Model Involving the Use of the Zero-Truncated Yule Distribution for Analysing Surname Data


  • Panaretos, John


In this paper, a probability model leading to a Yule distribution is developed in the study of surname frequency data. This distribution, suitably truncated, is fitted to actual data as an alternative to the discrete Pareto distribution, with quite satisfactory results

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  • Panaretos, John, 1989. "A Probability Model Involving the Use of the Zero-Truncated Yule Distribution for Analysing Surname Data," MPRA Paper 6254, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:6254

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    1. Panaretos, John, 1989. "On the Evolution of Surnames," MPRA Paper 6255, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Discrete Pareto distribution; Yule distribution;

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    • C1 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General


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