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kurtosis Line breaks: kur|tosis
Pronunciation: /kəːˈtəʊsɪs/

Definition of kurtosis in English:


[mass noun] Statistics
The sharpness of the peak of a frequency-distribution curve.
Example sentences
  • Skewness was not detected in these distributions, but kurtosis was in two of them.
  • The kurtosis of the movement distributions was also estimated for each species.
  • Data were tested for normality using normal probability plots and tests of skewness and kurtosis.


Early 20th century: from Greek kurtōsis 'a bulging', from kurtos 'bulging, convex'.

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