(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2013)

Document title

Pareto’s law and sample size : a case study of China’s urban system 1984–2008

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

LI S. (1) ; SUI D. (2) ;
(1) Utah State University, Logan, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Ohio State Univ., Columbus, ETATS-UNIS


This study tests three existing threshold methods (number threshold, size threshold, and urban pop-ulation percentage threshold) using China’s city system as a case study. In addition, it proposes a new method based upon the percentage threshold of the total number of cities. The results show that Pareto exponent is sensitive to sample size and the truncation point. Furthermore, this method yields a consistent set of results over a wide range of thresholds. Finally, when using this new method with China’s city system, the Pareto exponent presents a turning point in 1996, representing China’s transition from a planned economy to a more market oriented economy during that period


Article of periodic

published at : GeoJournal / ISSN 0343-2521 / CODEN GEOJDQ

Editor : Springer, Heidelberg - ALLEMAGNE (1977)

Millesime : 2013, vol. 78, no4 [pp. 615-626]

Bibliographic references : 42 ref.

Collation : 8 fig., 1 tabl.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 17887

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