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The accuracy of graphs to describe size distributions

Rafael González-Val (), Arturo Ramos and Fernando Sanz-Gracia

Applied Economics Letters, 2013, vol. 20, issue 17, 1580-1585

Abstract: This article analyses the performance of the graphs traditionally used to study size distributions: histograms, Zipf plots (double logarithmic graphs of rank compared to size) and plotted cumulative density functions. A lognormal distribution is fitted to urban data from three countries (the United States, Spain and Italy) over all of the twentieth century. We explain the advantages and disadvantages associated with these graphic methods and derive some statistical properties.

Date: 2013
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