Publish and… perish

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  1. Artur Adib says:

    Hmm, it seems to me that one can tune a power law so that either the Pareto principle or Mr. Anderson’s regime are true.

    So, isn’t it just a matter of empirically analyzing the data and establishing which one is true: given a threshold, say 20%, is the mass more concentrated in the first 20 percentile, or in the remaining 80 percentile?

    -A.

  2. admin says:

    The problem is not how to describe (statistically) the tail. The report by Will Page is telling you that there is not even a tail, because 80% of the items are not sold at all.

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