- 1Neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; askew; crooked: his hat looked slightly skew a skew angleMore example sentences
- I hope that he does say something a little off skew and controversial on the show to spice things up.
- 3 Statistics (Of a statistical distribution) not symmetrical.More example sentences
- The sample odds ratio is limited at the lower end, since it cannot be negative, but not at the upper end, and so has a skew distribution.
- Empirical data, however, did not always detect a statistically significant skew toward rare alleles in the allele frequency distribution.
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- 1An oblique angle; a slant.More example sentences
- The most important effect of the skew in angle is the raised plateau of entrance court created in the eastern corner.
- 2A bias towards one particular group or subject: the paper had a working-class skewMore example sentences
- In recent years we have seen more of a skew towards the High Arts and the Arts that people from more affluent suburbs tend to enjoy.
- The female skew was most evident during Saturday's opening ceremony rebroadcast, which attracted almost three-quarters of the female audience and 66 per cent of men.
- So a definite skew to the higher income households.
- 3 [mass noun] Statistics The state of not being symmetrical.More example sentences
- We see in the subsequent section that this fairly small skew from equal frequencies nonetheless yields a substantive potential for ‘nonstandard’ dynamical behavior.
- If there is no sex-ratio skew among nestlings, data regarding survival of hybrid males and females would be needed to explain the pattern noted by Bronson et al.
- Although the variable of educational level was normally distributed in the sample, the variable of annual income showed a sharp positive skew.
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- 1 [no object, with adverbial] Suddenly change direction or position: the car had skewed across the trackMore example sentences
- Pryce did well to block his shot with his legs, but the ball skewed sideways for Mercer to crash it into the empty net.
- 2 [with object] Make biased or distorted in a way that is regarded as inaccurate, unfair, or misleading: the curriculum is skewed towards the practical subjectsMore example sentences
- You can count on us to find the answer, and to convey that information in an insulting, unfair and skewed manner.
- The Times is not alone for demonstrating again a ‘news judgment’ hopelessly skewed by liberal bias.
- No-one is suggesting that all science funded by company money is skewed or biased or lacking independence.
- 3 [with object] Statistics Cause (a distribution) to be asymmetrical: the distributions were skewed to the rightMore example sentences
- Additional segregating alleles are not helpful if their frequency distribution is highly skewed.
- The distributions are skewed, so the medians are better estimates of central tendency than the means are.
- The overall phenotype frequency distribution was positively skewed.
on the skew
- Neither parallel nor at right angles to a specified or implied line; askew: the whole frame is on the skewMore example sentences
- The fulcrum point on the skew is always the lower corner of the tool.
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- The resulting sample appears highly representative and shows little skewness.
- By taking variability skewness and curtosis values into account the non-parametric and parametric test options were evaluated.
- The total alliance scores for men and women appeared to be in a fairly normal distribution, as estimates of skewness and tests of kurtosis failed to reach .8 and.1, respectively.
late Middle English (as a verb in the sense 'move obliquely'): shortening of Old Northern French eskiuwer, variant of Old French eschiver 'eschew'. The adjective and noun (early 17th century) are from the verb.