Random Texts Do Not Exhibit the Real Zipf's Law-Like Rank Distribution

@article{FerreriCancho2010RandomTD,
  title={Random Texts Do Not Exhibit the Real Zipf's Law-Like Rank Distribution},
  author={R. Ferrer-i-Cancho and B. Elvev{\aa}g},
  journal={PLoS ONE},
  year={2010},
  volume={5}
}
Background Zipf's law states that the relationship between the frequency of a word in a text and its rank (the most frequent word has rank , the 2nd most frequent word has rank ,…) is approximately linear when plotted on a double logarithmic scale. It has been argued that the law is not a relevant or useful property of language because simple random texts - constructed by concatenating random characters including blanks behaving as word delimiters - exhibit a Zipf's law-like word rank… Expand

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