scipy.stats.kurtosistest(a, axis=0, nan_policy='propagate')[source]

Tests whether a dataset has normal kurtosis

This function tests the null hypothesis that the kurtosis of the population from which the sample was drawn is that of the normal distribution: kurtosis = 3(n-1)/(n+1).


a : array

array of the sample data

axis : int or None, optional

Axis along which to compute test. Default is 0. If None, compute over the whole array a.

nan_policy : {‘propagate’, ‘raise’, ‘omit’}, optional

Defines how to handle when input contains nan. ‘propagate’ returns nan, ‘raise’ throws an error, ‘omit’ performs the calculations ignoring nan values. Default is ‘propagate’.


statistic : float

The computed z-score for this test.

pvalue : float

The 2-sided p-value for the hypothesis test


Valid only for n>20. The Z-score is set to 0 for bad entries. This function uses the method described in [R536].


[R536](1, 2) see e.g. F. J. Anscombe, W. J. Glynn, “Distribution of the kurtosis statistic b2 for normal samples”, Biometrika, vol. 70, pp. 227-234, 1983.

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