# Documentation/Calc Functions/SKEWP

SKEWP

## Category:

Statistical Analysis

## Summary:

Calculates the skewness of distribution using the population, i.e. the possible outcomes, of a random variable. Skewness is a measure of the asymmetry of a distribution about its mean.

## Syntax:

SKEWP(Number 1 [; Number 2 [; … [; Number 255]]])

## Returns:

Returns a real number which is the skewness of the distribution using a population of random variables of a specified sample of numbers.

## Arguments:

Number 1, Number 2, ..., Number 255 are numbers, references to cells or to cell ranges of numbers.

• The parameters should specify at least three values. However, the function returns 0 for only three values.
• If there are less than three values, then the function will return a division (#DIV/0!) error.
• If any of the arguments contain text value either being passed directly then the function returns a name (#NAME?) error and if with double quotes then the function returns an error value (Err:504).
• If a cell contains text, error value, or empty cells, then the function ignores these values. However, for logical values TRUE is considered as 1 and FALSE as 0.
• If a cell contains 0 then the function includes it.

• Unlike SKEW, SKEWP uses the standard deviation of the entire population rather than an individual sample.
• The formula for SKEWP is:

where N is the count of data points, x̄ is the expectation value (mean of the specified set of numbers) and s is the standard deviation estimate (standard deviation of the specified set of numbers).

• For more details on skewness, visit Wikipedia.

## Examples:

Formula Description Returns
=SKEWP(3;4;5;6;2;3;1) The function calculates the skewness of the distribution using a population of the random variables. 0.130358686954918
=SKEWP(A1:A5) where A1:A5 contains 1,2,3,4,5 The function calculates the skewness of the distribution using a population, passed as a cell range, of the random variables. 0
=SKEWP(3;4) The function will return a division error since less than 3 values are specified. #DIV/0!

SKEW

## ODF standard:

Section 6.18.68, part 2

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