Speaking Stata: The limits of sample skewness and kurtosis

Sample skewness and kurtosis are limited by functions of sample size. The limits, or approximations to them, have repeatedly been rediscovered over the last several decades, but nevertheless seem to remain only poorly known. The limits impart bias to estimation and, in extreme cases, imply that no sample could bear exact witness to its parent distribution. The main results are explained in a tutorial review, and it is shown how Stata and Mata may be used to confirm and explore their consequences.


Issue Date:
2010
Publication Type:
Journal Article
DOI and Other Identifiers:
st0204 (Other)
PURL Identifier:
http://purl.umn.edu/159037
Published in:
Stata Journal, Volume 10, Number 3
Page range:
482-495
Total Pages:
14

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