Terry Tao has posted an intriguing discussion of Benford’s law, Zipf’s law and the Pareto distribution. These probability distribution functions appear to arise quite often from empirical data and Tao provides some insights into why this may be so.

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Terry Tao has posted an intriguing discussion of Benford’s law, Zipf’s law and the Pareto distribution. These probability distribution functions appear to arise quite often from empirical data and Tao provides some insights into why this may be so.

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