• The dynamics of frequency-rank relations in six languages is analyzed.
• Acceptable agreement is found for the quenched rank frequency data of these languages.
• This approach might find applications in other ranked systems, such as sports.
Rank-frequency distribution of natural languages: A difference of probabilities approach
Germinal Cocho, Rosalío F. Rodríguez, Sergio Sánchez, Jorge Flores, Carlos Pineda, Carlos Gershenson
Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume 532, 15 October 2019, 121795