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A Statistical Search Method for Estimation of Bradford Groups


  • Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Mysore Road, RVCE Post, Bangalore-560 059, India
  • S.V. University Library, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati-517 502, India


Bradford's Law in bibliometrics is viewed as consisting of two aspects. First one is the distribution aspect which is purely a mathematical pattern. The other aspect is the relevance of such a distribution to bibliometrics. This paper deals with the methodology for estimating Bradford groups within a given set of bibliometric data. The paper also proposes a simple and easily adaptable statistical search method (SSM) and illustrates the application of the method.


Bradford Distribution/Groups/Law, Geometric Progression, Degree of Concentration, Chi-Square Test, Root Mean Square Error.

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