Critical Truths About Power Laws

@article{Stumpf2012CriticalTA,
  title={Critical Truths About Power Laws},
  author={Michael P. H. Stumpf and Mason A. Porter},
  journal={Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={335},
  pages={665 - 666}
}
Most reported power laws lack statistical support and mechanistic backing. The ability to summarize observations using explanatory and predictive theories is the greatest strength of modern science. A theoretical framework is perceived as particularly successful if it can explain very disparate facts. The observation that some apparently complex phenomena can exhibit startling similarities to dynamics generated with simple mathematical models (1) has led to empirical searches for fundamental… Expand

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