This calculator computes the skewness and kurtosis of a distribution or data set. Skewness is a measure of the symmetry, or lack thereof, of a distribution. Kurtosis measures the tail-heaviness of the distribution.
A number of different formulas are used to calculate skewness and kurtosis. This calculator replicates the formulas used in Excel and SPSS. However, it is worth noting that the formula used for kurtosis in these programs actually calculates what is sometimes called "excess kurtosis" - put simply, the formula includes an adjustment so that a normal distribution has a kurtosis of zero.
To use this calculator, simply enter your data into the text box below, either one score per line or as a comma delimited list, and then press the "Calculate" button.
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