# Asymmetry of a distribution

From Encyclopedia of Mathematics

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.

#### Comments

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),

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This text originally appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098