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Zipf's law and city size distribution: A survey of the literature and future research agenda
Arshad, Sidra1; Hu, Shougeng2,3; Ashraf, Badar Nadeem4,5
2018-02-15
Source PublicationPHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS
ISSN0378-4371
Volume492Pages:75-92
Corresponding AuthorAshraf, Badar Nadeem(badarfcma@ecjtu.edu.cn)
AbstractThis study provides a systematic review of the existing literature on Zipfs law for city size distribution. Existing empirical evidence suggests that Zipfs law is not always observable even for the upper-tail cities of a territory. However, the controversy with empirical findings arises due to sample selection biases, methodological weaknesses and data limitations. The hypothesis of Zipfs law is more likely to be rejected for the entire city size distribution and, in such case, alternative distributions have been suggested. On the contrary, the hypothesis is more likely to be accepted if better empirical methods are employed and cities are properly defined. The debate is still far from to be conclusive. In addition, we identify four emerging areas in Zipfs law and city size distribution research including the size distribution of lower-tail cities, the size distribution of cities in sub-national regions, the alternative forms of Zipfs law, and the relationship between Zipfs law and the coherence property of the urban system. (C) 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
KeywordCity size distribution Zipf's law Gibrat's law Pareto distribution Lognormal distribution Double Pareto lognormal distribution
DOI10.1016/j.physa.2017.10.005
WOS KeywordLOWER TAIL CITIES ; URBAN-GROWTH ; GIBRATS LAW ; CHINESE CITIES ; US CITIES ; LOGNORMAL DISTRIBUTION ; NATURAL CITIES ; UNITED-STATES ; PARETOS LAW ; POWER-LAW
Indexed BySCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaPhysics
WOS SubjectPhysics, Multidisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000423495100009
PublisherELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
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Document Type期刊论文
Identifierhttp://ir.igsnrr.ac.cn/handle/311030/57087
Collection中国科学院地理科学与资源研究所
Corresponding AuthorAshraf, Badar Nadeem
Affiliation1.China Univ Geosci, Sch Publ Adm, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, Peoples R China
2.China Univ Geosci, Dept Land Resources Management, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Geog Sci & Nat Resources Res, Beijing 100101, Peoples R China
4.China Univ Geosci, Sch Econ & Management, Wuhan 430074, Hubei, Peoples R China
5.East China Jiao Tong Univ, Int Sch, Nanchang 330013, Jiangxi, Peoples R China
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Arshad, Sidra,Hu, Shougeng,Ashraf, Badar Nadeem. Zipf's law and city size distribution: A survey of the literature and future research agenda[J]. PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS,2018,492:75-92.
APA Arshad, Sidra,Hu, Shougeng,&Ashraf, Badar Nadeem.(2018).Zipf's law and city size distribution: A survey of the literature and future research agenda.PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS,492,75-92.
MLA Arshad, Sidra,et al."Zipf's law and city size distribution: A survey of the literature and future research agenda".PHYSICA A-STATISTICAL MECHANICS AND ITS APPLICATIONS 492(2018):75-92.
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