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# What is acceptable skewness and kurtosis?

## What is acceptable skewness and kurtosis?

Both skew and kurtosis can be analyzed through descriptive statistics. Acceptable values of skewness fall between − 3 and + 3, and kurtosis is appropriate from a range of − 10 to + 10 when utilizing SEM (Brown, 2006).

### What is the value of skewness and kurtosis for normal distribution?

The normal distribution is a symmetric distribution with well-behaved tails. This is indicated by the skewness of 0.03. The kurtosis of 2.96 is near the expected value of 3. The histogram verifies the symmetry.

How do you interpret a skewness and kurtosis test?

For skewness, if the value is greater than + 1.0, the distribution is right skewed. If the value is less than -1.0, the distribution is left skewed. For kurtosis, if the value is greater than + 1.0, the distribution is leptokurtik. If the value is less than -1.0, the distribution is platykurtik.

What does a skewness of 0.05 mean?

As a general rule of thumb: If skewness is less than -1 or greater than 1, the distribution is highly skewed. If skewness is between -1 and -0.5 or between 0.5 and 1, the distribution is moderately skewed. If skewness is between -0.5 and 0.5, the distribution is approximately symmetric.

## What is an acceptable skewness?

The rule of thumb seems to be: If the skewness is between -0.5 and 0.5, the data are fairly symmetrical. If the skewness is between -1 and – 0.5 or between 0.5 and 1, the data are moderately skewed. If the skewness is less than -1 or greater than 1, the data are highly skewed.

### How is kurtosis different from skewness?

Skewness is a measure of the degree of lopsidedness in the frequency distribution. Conversely, kurtosis is a measure of degree of tailedness in the frequency distribution. Skewness is an indicator of lack of symmetry, i.e. both left and right sides of the curve are unequal, with respect to the central point.

What does a kurtosis of 5 mean?

Distributions with large kurtosis exhibit tail data exceeding the tails of the normal distribution (e.g., five or more standard deviations from the mean). Distributions with low kurtosis exhibit tail data that are generally less extreme than the tails of the normal distribution.

How does kurtosis affect the skewness of a variable?

Skewness is a measure of the symmetry in a distribution. If the kurtosis is greater than 3, then the dataset has heavier tails than a normal distribution (more in the tails). If the kurtosis is less than 3, then the dataset has lighter tails than a normal distribution (less in the tails).