Mathematics Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for people studying math at any level and professionals in related fields. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Can the Gini coefficient be meaningfully applied to integer partitions?

Since it is a measure of statistical dispersion, it seems like it might be relevant.

share|cite|improve this question
How could it not apply? – Mariano Suárez-Alvarez Oct 22 '11 at 0:46
I mean, can it be milked to give some additional information about integer partitions - eg "For integer partitions whose Gini coefficient is > 0.8, the formula for the number of integer partition is..." :) – Mike Jones Oct 22 '11 at 2:40
Interesting. I'm trying to get an intuition for what high Gini coefficient means for partitions. The first one to break .7, by the way, is the partition of 38 (31, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1). I think the first to break .8 is the partition of 90 consisting of 82 and eight 1s. – Brian Hopkins Aug 10 '12 at 19:33

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.