# Questions tagged [normality-assumption]

Many statistical methods assume data are normally distributed. Use this tag for questions about the assumption & testing of normality, or about normality as a *property*. Use [normal-distribution] for questions about the normal distribution per se.

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### Is normality testing 'essentially useless'?

A former colleague once argued to me as follows: We usually apply normality tests to the results of processes that, under the null, generate random variables that are only asymptotically or ...
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### Pearson's or Spearman's correlation with non-normal data

I get this question frequently enough in my statistics consulting work, that I thought I'd post it here. I have an answer, which is posted below, but I was keen to hear what others have to say. ...
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### What if residuals are normally distributed, but y is not?

I've got a weird question. Assume that you have a small sample where the dependent variable that you're going to analyze with a simple linear model is highly left skewed. Thus you assume that $u$ is ...
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### Box-Cox like transformation for independent variables?

Is there a Box-Cox like transformation for independent variables? That is, a transformation that optimizes the $x$ variable so that the y~f(x) will make a more ...
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### Standard deviation of standard deviation

What is an estimator of standard deviation of standard deviation if normality of data can be assumed?
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### Why do we care so much about normally distributed error terms (and homoskedasticity) in linear regression when we don't have to?

I suppose I get frustrated every time I hear someone say that non-normality of residuals and /or heteroskedasticity violates OLS assumptions. To estimate parameters in an OLS model neither of these ...
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### ANOVA assumption normality/normal distribution of residuals

The Wikipedia page on ANOVA lists three assumptions, namely: Independence of cases – this is an assumption of the model that simplifies the statistical analysis. Normality – the distributions of the ...
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### How to perform a test using R to see if data follows normal distribution

I have a data set with following structure: a word | number of occurrence of a word in a document | a document id How can I perform a test for normal ...
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### Interpreting QQplot - Is there any rule of thumb to decide for non-normality?

I have read enough threads on QQplots here to understand that a QQplot can be more informative than other normality tests. However, I am inexperienced with interpreting QQplots. I googled a lot; I ...
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### Regression when the OLS residuals are not normally distributed

There are several threads on this site discussing how to determine if the OLS residuals are asymptotically normally distributed. Another way to evaluate the normality of the residuals with R code is ...
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### If the t-test and the ANOVA for two groups are equivalent, why aren't their assumptions equivalent?

I'm sure I've got this completely wrapped round my head, but I just can't figure it out. The t-test compares two normal distributions using the Z distribution. That's why there's an assumption of ...
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### Normalization vs. scaling

What is the difference between data 'Normalization' and data 'Scaling'? Till now I thought both terms refers to same process but now I realize there is something more that I don't know/understand. ...
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### What references should be cited to support using 30 as a large enough sample size?

I have read/heard many times that the sample size of at least 30 units is considered as "large sample" (normality assumptions of means usually approximately holds due to the CLT, ...). Therefore, in ...
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### Normality of dependent variable = normality of residuals?

This issue seems to rear its ugly head all the time, and I'm trying to decapitate it for my own understanding of statistics (and sanity!). The assumptions of general linear models (t-test, ANOVA, ...
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### What is normality?

In many different statistical methods there is an "assumption of normality". What is "normality" and how do I know if there is normality?
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### Is there an explanation for why there are so many natural phenomena that follow normal distribution?

I think this is a fascinating topic and I do not fully understand it. What law of physics makes so that so many natural phenomena have normal distribution? It would seem more intuitive that they would ...
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### Interpretation of Shapiro-Wilk test

I'm pretty new to statistics and I need your help. I have a small sample, as follows: H4U 0.269 0.357 0.2 0.221 0.275 0.277 0.253 0.127 0.246 ...
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### What is the difference between the Shapiro-Wilk test of normality and the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test of normality?

What is the difference between the Shapiro-Wilk test of normality and the Kolmogorov-Smirnov test of normality? When will results from these two methods differ?