# What is meant by the skewness of a distribution?

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Feb 11, 2015

A normal distribution is completely symmetrical, a skew distribution is not.

In a positively skewed distribution, the "toe" at the larger side is longer than at the other side, causing the median, and especially the mean, to move to the right. In a negatively skewed distribution these move to the left, because of a longer "toe" at the smaller values.

While in a non-skewed normal distribution mode, median and mean are all at the same value.

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