An exact probabilistic formulation of the "square root law" conjectured by Price is given and a probability distribution satisfying this law is defined, for which the name Price distribution is suggested. Properties of the Price distribution are discussed, including its relationship with the laws of Lotka and Zipf. No empirical support of applicability of Price distribution as a model for publication productivity could be found.
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- Computer Science Applications
- Library and Information Sciences