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Re: st: Skewness and kurtosis

From   Ari Samaranayaka <>
Subject   Re: st: Skewness and kurtosis
Date   Tue, 17 Mar 2009 13:40:00 +1300

Thank you very much. That answered my question.

Matt Spittal wrote:
Dear Ari,

I presume that you are referring to the formulas using the -summarize-
command.  These are given in the manual [R] Q-Z on page 371 for Stata 10.
Briefly, if

m_r = /frac{1}{n} /sum_{i = 1}^n w_i (x_i - /bar{x})^r

then the coefficient of skewness is m_3 m_2 ^{-3/2} and the coefficient of
kurtosis is m_4 m_2 ^{-2}.

-- Matt

On 17/3/09 10:52 AM, "Ari Samaranayaka" <>

Dear statalist,
Can someone tell me the exact formulas used by Stata to calculate
skewness and kurtosis. This question is because several types of
skewness and kurtosis are defined in literature, and the terminology and
notation are not consistent.

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