Power-law distributions in empirical data

7 Jun 2007Aaron ClausetCosma Rohilla ShaliziM. E. J. Newman

Power-law distributions occur in many situations of scientific interest and have significant consequences for our understanding of natural and man-made phenomena. Unfortunately, the detection and characterization of power laws is complicated by the large fluctuations that occur in the tail of the distribution -- the part of the distribution representing large but rare events -- and by the difficulty of identifying the range over which power-law behavior holds... (read more)

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