# Zipf's Law for Natural Languages

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Zipf's law for natural languages states that the frequency of a word is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. The law was originally proposed in the beginning of the twentieth century by George Kingsley Zipf for the English language.

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Contributed by: Giovanna Roda (March 2011)

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Reference: C. D. Manning and H. Schütze,* Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, *Cambridge, MA*: *MIT Press, 1999.

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Published: March 7 2011