A Statistical Search Method for Estimation of Bradford Groups


  • Economic Analysis Unit, Indian Statistical Institute, Bangalore, 560 059, India
  • Sri Venkateswara University, S. V. University Library, 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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Library Management

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