Journal of Applied Statistics 24(4), pp. 383-393.
ISSN/ISBN: 0266-4763 DOI: 10.1080/02664769723594
Abstract: Zipf ’s experimental law states that, for a given large piece of text, the product of the relative frequency of a word and its order in descending frequency order is a constant, shown to be equal to 1 divided by the natural logarithm of the number of different words. It is shown to be approximately equal to Benford’ s logarithmic distribution of first significant digits in tables of numbers. Eleven samples allow comparison of observed and theoretical frequencies.
Bibtex:
@article{,
title={The relationship between Zipf's law and the distribution of first digits},
author={Irmay, Shragga},
journal={Journal of Applied Statistics},
volume={24},
number={4},
pages={383--394},
year={1997},
publisher={Taylor \& Francis},
ISSN={0266-4763},
DOI={10.1080/02664769723594},
}
Reference Type: Journal Article
Subject Area(s): Applied Mathematics