A Brief History of Generative Models for Power Law and Lognormal Distributions

@article{Mitzenmacher2003ABH,
  title={A Brief History of Generative Models for Power Law and Lognormal Distributions},
  author={Michael Mitzenmacher},
  journal={Internet Mathematics},
  year={2003},
  volume={1},
  pages={226-251}
}
Power law distributions are an increasingly common model for computer science applications; for example, they have been used to describe file size distributions and inand out-degree distributions for the Web and Internet graphs. Recently, the similar lognormal distribution has also been suggested as an appropriate alternative model for file size distributions. In this paper, we briefly survey some of the history of these distributions, focusing on work in other fields. We find that several… CONTINUE READING
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