Mechanisms for Power Laws

  • Didier Sornette
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN)


Power law distributions are ubiquitous statistical features of natural systems and are found in many different scientific disciplines. Indeed, many natural phenomena have power law size distributions reading, in the notation of Chap. 4,
$$P(x) \propto \frac{1}{{{x^1} + \mu }}$$
up to some large limiting cut-off [463, 7, 607]. In expression (14.1), P(x)dx is the probability to observe the variable in the range between x and x + dx. Power laws seem to also describe a large ensemble of social and economic statistics [553, 828, 461, 233, 792, 469, 470, 29].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Didier Sornette
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  1. 1.Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics and Department of Earth and Space Sciences, 3845 Slichter HallUniversity of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Laboratoire de Physique de la Matière Condensée, CNRS UMR6622, Faculté des SciencesUniversité des SciencesNice Cedex 2France

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