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Table of Contents Univariate Data Moments of a Distribution Skewness | |
See also: kurtosis, moments of a distribution |
A distribution is said to skewed to the right (left) if it shows a tailing off at the right (left). The amount of skewing can be determined by the third moment of the distribution, which is usually called skewness:
Please note that the skewness is occasionally defined by a somewhat different formula, leading to different values.
Below you find two examples of skewed distributions. You may also start
the following
in order to see the effect of skewed distributions on the mean and the
median.
Last Update: 2005-Jul-16