# Head/Tail Breaks: A New Classification Scheme for Data with a Heavy-Tailed Distribution

@article{Jiang2012HeadTailBA, title={Head/Tail Breaks: A New Classification Scheme for Data with a Heavy-Tailed Distribution}, author={Bin Jiang}, journal={The Professional Geographer}, year={2012}, volume={65}, pages={482 - 494} }

This article introduces a new classification scheme—head/tail breaks—to find groupings or hierarchy for data with a heavy-tailed distribution. The heavy-tailed distributions are heavily right skewed, with a minority of large values in the head and a majority of small values in the tail, commonly characterized by a power law, a lognormal, or an exponential function. For example, a country's population is often distributed in such a heavy-tailed manner, with a minority of people (e.g., 20 percent…

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