Calculates the kurtosis of a series.
KURTOSIS(series, bias, excess, vardef)
series 
 
A series. The z value. 

bias 
 
Optional. An integer, the bias calculation. Valid methods are:


excess 
 
Optional. A real. Excess normalization subtracted from the base calculation. Defaults to 3.0. 

vardef 
 
Optional. An integer, the variance normalization method.
where N is the length of the input series. Defaults to 
A scalar, the kurtosis of the series.
W1: {3, 4, 5, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 4, 7}
W2: {kurtosis(w1)}
W3: {kurtosis(w1, 1)}
W2 == {0.151800}, the unbiased or population kurtosis.
W3 == {0.631321}, the biased kurtosis.
The fourth standardized moment or raw kurtosis is defined as:
where μ_{4} is the fourth moment about the mean and σ is the standard deviation.
The excess kurtosis is defined as:
The value 3 is subtracted from the raw value to set the kurtosis of a normal distribution to 0.
The biased or sample kurtosis is computed as:
where the arithmetic mean is defined as:
The unbiased or population kurtosis is computed as:
By default, KURTOSIS computes the unbiased or population kurtosis as used in SAS, SPSS, and Excel. To calculate the biased kurtosis, set the bias flag to 1.
Set excess to 0.0 to compute the raw kurtosis.
Kurtosis characterizes the relative peakedness or flatness of a distribution compared with the normal distribution. Positive kurtosis indicates a relatively peaked distribution. Negative kurtosis indicates a relatively flat distribution.
A distribution with a high peak is called leptokurtic, a flattopped curve is called platykurtic, and the normal distribution is called mesokurtic.
For multicolumn data, KURTOSIS returns the kurtosis of each column.