scipy.stats.mstats.kurtosis(a, axis=0, fisher=True, bias=True)[source]

Computes the kurtosis (Fisher or Pearson) of a dataset.

Kurtosis is the fourth central moment divided by the square of the variance. If Fisher’s definition is used, then 3.0 is subtracted from the result to give 0.0 for a normal distribution.

If bias is False then the kurtosis is calculated using k statistics to eliminate bias coming from biased moment estimators

Use kurtosistest to see if result is close enough to normal.


data for which the kurtosis is calculated

axisint or None, optional

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

fisherbool, optional

If True, Fisher’s definition is used (normal ==> 0.0). If False, Pearson’s definition is used (normal ==> 3.0).

biasbool, optional

If False, then the calculations are corrected for statistical bias.


The kurtosis of values along an axis. If all values are equal, return -3 for Fisher’s definition and 0 for Pearson’s definition.


For more details about kurtosis, see stats.kurtosis.