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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||29|
|Journal||Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications|
|State||Published - Sep 15 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics