## A Brief History of Generative Models for Power Law and Lognormal Distributions

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@ARTICLE{Mitzenmacher_abrief,

author = {Michael Mitzenmacher},

title = {A Brief History of Generative Models for Power Law and Lognormal Distributions},

journal = {INTERNET MATHEMATICS},

year = {},

volume = {1},

pages = {226--251}

}

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Recently, I became interested in a current debate over whether file size distributions are best modelled by a power law distribution or a a lognormal distribution. In trying