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The origins of Zipf's meaning-frequency law

Autor
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R.; Vitevitch, M. S.
Tipus d'activitat
Article en revista
Revista
Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology
Data de publicació
2018-11
Volum
69
Número
11
Pàgina inicial
1369
Pàgina final
1379
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1002/asi.24057 Obrir en finestra nova
Repositori
http://hdl.handle.net/2117/121991 Obrir en finestra nova
URL
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/asi.24057 Obrir en finestra nova
Resum
In his pioneering research, G.K. Zipf observed that more frequent words tend to have more meanings, and showed that the number of meanings of a word grows as the square root of its frequency. He derived this relationship from two assumptions: that words follow Zipf's law for word frequencies (a power law dependency between frequency and rank) and Zipf's law of meaning distribution (a power law dependency between number of meanings and rank). Here we show that a single assumption on the joint pro...
Citació
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R., Vitevitch, M. S. The origins of Zipf's meaning-frequency law. "Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology", 30 Juliol 2018, p. 1-11.
Paraules clau
Biased random walk, Joint probability, Power-law, Square roots, Word frequencies, Zipf's law
Grup de recerca
LARCA - Laboratori d'Algorísmia Relacional, Complexitat i Aprenentatge

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