- The shape of a numerical distribution relies on two factors: symmetry and outliers.
- If you can draw a vertical line through some point in the distribution whereby the distribution to the left of the line looks similar to a mirror image of the distribution to the right of it, it is an approximately symmetrical distribution. If this is not the case, the distribution is asymmetric.
Note: in some cases, you may find situations where the distribution has perfect symmetry. In these situations, you can drop the “approximately” term and refer to it simply as symmetrical.Read More »1.6 Describing Numerical Distributions