# st: RE: rowskew?

 From "Matt Spittal" <[email protected]> To <[email protected]> Subject st: RE: rowskew? Date Tue, 14 Oct 2008 14:21:41 +1100

```jeheyman,

You can use the moments about the mean to calculate skew and kurtosis for a row of variables.  Imagine that you want to do this for the variables weight, length and price from the auto dataset.

sysuse auto, clear

// get mean and N
egen rowmean = rowmean(weight length price)
egen rowN = rownonmiss(weight length price)

// calculate 2, 3, and 4th moments about the mean
gen m2 = 1/rowN * ((weight - rowmean)^2 + (length - rowmean)^2 + (price - rowmean)^2)
gen m3 = 1/rowN * ((weight - rowmean)^3 + (length - rowmean)^3 + (price - rowmean)^3)
gen m4 = 1/rowN * ((weight - rowmean)^4 + (length - rowmean)^4 + (price - rowmean)^4)

// calculate skew and kurtosis
gen rowskew = m3*m2^(-3/2)
gen rowkurt = m4*m2^(-2)

list weight length price rowskew rowkurt in 1/10

-- Matt
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-----Original Message-----
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Subject: st: rowskew?

Is it possible to calculate essentially a rowskew and rowkurtosis in
the same way that egen calculates rowmean?

For each observation I have 18 variables and I need, obviously, the
three distribution measures.  Mean is trivial but the other two are
proving elusive. I feel like I'm overlooking something obvious and
posting seemed to be better than continuing to bang my head against
the wall.

Thanks.

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