Kurtosis
statskurtosis.Rd
Generic function for computation of kurtosis. The methods defined in package timeDate are described here.
Arguments
 x
a numeric vector or object.
 na.rm
a logical. Should missing values be removed?
 method

a character string, the method of computation, see section ‘Details’.
 ...
arguments to be passed.
Details
kurtosis
is an S3 generic function. This page describes the
methods defined in package dateTime
.
Argument "method"
can be one of "moment"
,
"fisher"
, or "excess"
. If "excess"
is selected,
then the value of the kurtosis is computed by the "moment"
method and a value of 3 will be subtracted. The "moment"
method is based on the definitions of kurtosis for distributions and
this method should be used when resampling (bootstrap or
jackknife). The "fisher"
method correspond to the usual
"unbiased" definition of sample variance, although in the case of
kurtosis exact unbiasedness is not possible.
If x
is numeric the kurtosis is computed according to the
description given for argument method
. A logical vector is
treated as a vector of 1's and 0's.
The data.frame
method applies kurtosis
recursively to
each column. The POSIXlt
method computes the kurtosis of the
underlying numerical representation of the date/times. The method for
POSIXct
does the same after converting the argument to
POSIXlt
.
The default method returns NA
, with a warning, if it can't
handle argument x
.
Examples
## mean 
## var 
# Mean, Variance:
r = rnorm(100)
mean(r)
#> [1] 0.1377274
var(r)
#> [1] 0.9890214
## kurtosis 
kurtosis(r)
#> [1] 0.3031735
#> attr(,"method")
#> [1] "excess"
kurtosis(data.frame(r = r, r2 = r^2))
#> r r2
#> 0.3031735 7.6385426
#> attr(,"method")
#> [1] "excess"