Applying Zipf’s Power Law Over Population Density and Growth as Network Deployment Indicator
Vagia Kyriakidou, Christos Michalakelis, Dimitris Varoutas
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Population distribution analysis contains useful information regarding decision making of networks’ deployment. However, both the public and the private sector should decide the development of networks based on qualitative and quantitative criteria, such as the application of power laws. In this work, one of the most widely used power laws ap-plied in demographics, the Zipf’s law, is tested over urban cities in Greece. Apart from the examination of Zipf’s law validation over population, this study provides further results according the distribution of population density as far as an analysis based on population differentiations in the last decades. According to the results, it is proved that the con-sidered sample plays a crucial role to the final conclusions, since the acceptance or the rejection of the law depends on it. Moreover, important information regarding the deployment of networks are revealed and discussed.

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V. Kyriakidou, C. Michalakelis and D. Varoutas, "Applying Zipf’s Power Law Over Population Density and Growth as Network Deployment Indicator," Journal of Service Science and Management, Vol. 4 No. 2, 2011, pp. 132-140. doi: 10.4236/jssm.2011.42017.

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