The individual success of musicians, like that of physicists, follows a stretched exponential distribution by J.A. Davies
Escola Politécnica, Universidade Federal da Bahia,
Rua Aristides Novis, 2, Federação,
40210-630 Salvador - BA, Brazil
Published online: 31 December 2002
We analyze the distribution of success of musicians, comparing a stretched exponential (found by J.A. Davies [Eur. Phys. J. B 27, 445 (2002)]) with a distribution of the family of the q-exponential (presenting an intermediate power-law regime with a crossover to an exponential tail). We find that both assumptions yield comparable results, within the available range of data, hence a definite conclusion cannot yet be taken. But this example joins many others that has been found to be fairly described by q-exponentials (or variations of it), which may be indicative that there is a (significantly large) class of systems described by nonextensive statistical mechanics, from where q-exponentials naturally appear.
PACS: 43.75.+a – Music and musical instruments / 01.30.-y – Physics literature and publications / 87.23.-n – Ecology and evolution
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