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skewness

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noun Statistics.
  1. asymmetry in a frequency distribution.
  2. a measure of such asymmetry.
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Origin of skewness

First recorded in 1890–95; skew + -ness
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imbalanceinequalityunevennessdissymmetryskewnesslopsidedness

British Dictionary definitions for skewness

skewness

noun
  1. the quality or condition of being skew
  2. statistics a measure of the symmetry of a distribution around its mean, esp the statistic B 1 = m 3 / (m 2) 3/2, where m 2 and m 3 are respectively the second and third moments of the distribution around the mean. In a normal distribution, B 1 = 0See kurtosis
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Word Origin and History for skewness

n.

1877, from skew + -ness.

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