Distribution of Word Frequencies

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Dr. A. F. Parker-Rhodes and Mr. T. Joyce1 state that if ϕ(ν) is the number of words in a vocabulary which occur Tν times in a text of T words, then it has been shown by word counts that ϕ(ν) = a2. They put forward a theory to account for this distribution.

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BOSANQUET, C. Distribution of Word Frequencies. Nature 179, 596 (1957) doi:10.1038/179596a0

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