knitr::opts_chunk$set( collapse = TRUE, comment = "#>", fig.path = "README-" )

This package implements both the discrete and continuous maximum likelihood estimators for fitting the power-law distribution to data using the methods described in Clauset et al, 2009. It also provides function to fit log-normal and Poisson distributions. Additionally, a goodness-of-fit based approach is used to estimate the lower cut-off for the scaling region.

The code developed in this package was influenced from the python and R code found at Aaron Clauset's website. In particular, the R code of Laurent Dubroca and Cosma Shalizi.

To cite this package in academic work, please use:

Gillespie, C. S. "*Fitting heavy tailed distributions: the poweRlaw package.*" Journal of Statistical Software, 64(2) 2015. (pdf).

This package is hosted on CRAN and can be installed in the usual way:

```
install.packages("poweRlaw")
```

Alternatively, the development version can be install from from github using the devtools package:

install.packages("devtools") devtools::install_github("csgillespie/poweRlaw")

Note Windows users have to first install Rtools.

To get started, load the package

library("poweRlaw")

then work the through the four vignettes (links to the current CRAN version):

Alternatively, you can access the vignettes from within the package:

```
browseVignettes("poweRlaw")
```

The plots below show the line of best fit to the Moby Dick and blackout data sets (from Clauset et al, 2009).

- If you have any suggestions or find bugs, please use the github issue tracker
- Feel free to submit pull requests

Development of this package was supported by Jumping Rivers

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