# What is the z value such that 52% of the data are to its left?

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Jan 5, 2015

The answer is z = 0.05 in a normal distribution.

To solve this problem, you will need access to a z-table (also called a "standard normal table") for the normal distribution. There is a good one on Wikipedia.

By asking what is the value of z such that 52% of the data are to its left, your goal is to find a z-value where the cumulative area up to the value of z sums to 0.52. Therefore you need a *cumulative* z-table.

Find the entry in the *cumulative* z-table that shows where a certain value of z is closest to an output in the table of 0.52 (which is 52% of of the cumulative distribution). In this case, the z value of 0.05 results in the closest value to 0.52.

Source: Wikipedia