Scaling and universality in animate and inanimate systems

H. E. Stanley*, L. A N Amaral, S. V. Buldyrev, A. L. Goldberger, S. Havlin, H. Leschhorn, P. Maass, H. A. Makse, C. K. Peng, M. A. Salinger, M. H R Stanley, G. M. Viswanathan

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Abstract

We illustrate the general principle that in biophysics, econophysics and possibly even city growth, the conceptual framework provided by scaling and universality may be of use in making sense of complex statistical data. Specifically, we discuss recent work on DNA sequences, heartbeat intervals, avalanche-like lung inflation, urban growth, and company growth. Although our main focus is on data, we also discuss statistical mechanical models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)20-48
Number of pages29
JournalPhysica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications
Volume231
Issue number1-3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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