Why Does Zipf's Law Break Down in Rank-Size Distribution of Cities?

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Abstract

We study the rank-size distribution of cities in Japan by data analysis and computer simulation. From the census data after World War II, we find that the rank-size distribution of cities is composed of two parts, each of which has an independent power exponent. In addition, the power exponent of the head part of the distribution changes with time and Zipf's law holds only for a restricted period. We show that Zipf's law broke down owing to the great Showa and Heisei mergers and recovered owing to population growth in middle-sized cities after the great Showa merger.

Journal

  • Journal of the Physical Society of Japan

    Journal of the Physical Society of Japan 77(11), "114801-1"-"114801-6", 2008-11-15

    The Physical Society of Japan (JPS)

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  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110006983761
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA00704814
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    ART
  • ISSN
    00319015
  • NDL Article ID
    9706518
  • NDL Source Classification
    ZM35(科学技術--物理学)
  • NDL Call No.
    Z53-A404
  • Data Source
    CJP  NDL  NII-ELS 
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