from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being skew.
  • n. A measure of the asymmetry of the probability distribution of a real-valued random variable; is the third standardized moment, defined as where is the third moment about the mean and is the standard deviation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The character or state of being skew. Specifically: In biometry: The property of exhibiting skew variation. See variation.
  • n. The numerical expression of skew variation; asymmetry, measured by the ratio a = D/σ, where D is the distance (mean, mode) and σ is the index of variability.
  • n. In mathematics, the degree of disturbance of symmetry in a curve.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oblique or slanting asymmetry


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