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  • 1 Louisiana State University Department of Quantitative Business Analysis 70803 Baton Rouge LA USA 70803 Baton Rouge LA USA
  • 2 Purdue University School of Industrial Engineering 47907 W. Lafayette IN USA 47907 W. Lafayette IN USA
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Abstract  

A rigorous analysis of Bradford's law is made using an index for the observed values of the variables. Three important properties relating size and frequency are identified. Using this approach, the shape of Bradford-type curves can be described in terms of three distinct regions and two shape parameters.