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An observatory note on tests for normality assumptions

Ahmed F. Siddiqi (School of Business & Economics, University of Management & Technology, Lahore, Pakistan)

Journal of Modelling in Management

ISSN: 1746-5664

Publication date: 11 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to discuss how numerous tests that are available in statistical literature to assess normality of a given set of observations perform in normal and near-normal situations. Not all these tests are suitable for all situations but each test has an exclusive area of application.

Design/methodology/approach

These tests are assessed for their power at varying degrees of skewness, kurtosis and sample size on the basis of simulated experiments.

Findings

It is observed that almost all these tests are indifferent for smaller values of skewness and kurtosis. Further, the power of accepting normality reduces with increasing sample size.

Originality/value

The article gives guidelines to researchers to apply normality assessing tests in different situations.

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Citation

F. Siddiqi, A. (2014), "An observatory note on tests for normality assumptions", Journal of Modelling in Management, Vol. 9 No. 3, pp. 290-305. https://doi.org/10.1108/JM2-04-2014-0032

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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