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Skewed Data
Data can be "skewed", meaning it tends to have a
long tail
on one side or the other:Negative Skew No Skew Positive Skew
Negative Skew?
Why is it called
negative
skew? Because the long "tail"is on the negative side of the peak.People sometimes say it is "skewed to the left" (the longtail is on the left hand side)The mean is also on the left of the peak.
The Normal Distribution has NoSkew
A Normal Distribution is not skewed. It is perfectly symmetrical.And the Mean is exactly at the peak.
Positive Skew
And
positive
skew is when the long tail is on thepositive side of the peak, and some people say it is"skewed to the right".The mean is on the right of the peak value.

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