Explain kurtosis, Advanced Statistics

Kurtosis: The extent to which the peak of the unimodal probability distribution or the frequency distribution departs from its shape of the normal distribution, by either being more pointed (like leptokurtic)or flatter ( like platykurtic). Commonly measured for a probability distribution as


where 4 is the fourth central moment of distribution, and 2 is its variance.

(consequent functions of sample moments are used for frequency distributions.)

For the normal distribution this index takes the value three and often index is redefined as the value above minus three so that the normal distribution would contain the value zero.

(Other distributions with the zero kurtosis are known as mesokurtic.) For the distribution which is leptokurtic the index is positive and for the platykurtic curves it is negative. It is shown in the figure 


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