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A general measure of skewness


  • Ekström, Magnus
  • Jammalamadaka, Sreenivasa Rao


A very general measure of skewness based on the quantiles is introduced, which includes several well-known measures as special cases. Sample versions of our measure may be used as test statistics for testing the hypothesis of symmetry about an unknown value. We provide large sample theory for such a statistic and discuss the asymptotic relative efficiencies of this against some competing test statistics for symmetry.

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  • Ekström, Magnus & Jammalamadaka, Sreenivasa Rao, 2012. "A general measure of skewness," Statistics & Probability Letters, Elsevier, vol. 82(8), pages 1559-1568.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:stapro:v:82:y:2012:i:8:p:1559-1568
    DOI: 10.1016/j.spl.2012.04.011

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    1. Antonietta Mira, 1999. "Distribution-free test for symmetry based on Bonferroni's measure," Journal of Applied Statistics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 26(8), pages 959-972.
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    1. Lyubchich, Vyacheslav & Wang, Xingyu & Heyes, Andrew & Gel, Yulia R., 2016. "A distribution-free m-out-of-n bootstrap approach to testing symmetry about an unknown median," Computational Statistics & Data Analysis, Elsevier, vol. 104(C), pages 1-9.
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