Author: S. Haitun 1
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  • 1 Academy of Sciences of the USSR Institute of History of Science and Technology Staropansky per., 1/5 Moscow USSR Staropansky per., 1/5 Moscow USSR
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Abstract  

The rank distortion of statistical distribution and its effect on the non-Gaussian nature of scientific activities is discussed. Examples are presented and in particular, the dispersion of publications by journals (the Bradford distribution) is discussed in detail. The data supporting the thesis of non-Gaussian nature of science are reexamined, and the empirical basis of the thesis is extended.