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Chapter 12. Working with Statistical Fun... > The Shape of the Curve I: The SKEW()...

The Shape of the Curve I: The SKEW() Function

How do you know if your frequency distribution is at or close to a normal distribution? In other words, does the shape of your data's frequency curve mirror that of the normal distribution's bell curve?

One way to find out is to consider how the values cluster around the mean. For a normal distribution, the values cluster symmetrically about the mean. Other distributions are asymmetric in one of two ways:


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