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A qualitative property of the curve of a distribution, indicating that the distribution deviates from a symmetric one. The asymmetry of a distribution is positive (negative) if the asymmetry coefficient is positive (negative). If the asymmetry of a distribution is positive (negative), then the "longer" part of the density curve of the distribution is found to the right (left) of the mode.


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In Western literature one commonly calls this notion the skewness of a distribution, and accordingly one speaks of the skewness coefficient.

How to Cite This Entry:
Asymmetry of a distribution. K.P. Latyshev (originator), Encyclopedia of Mathematics. URL: http://www.encyclopediaofmath.org/index.php?title=Asymmetry_of_a_distribution&oldid=15204
This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098