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Q. 87 Skewness and kurtosis are two commonly listed values when you run any software’s descriptive statistics function. The skewness parameter measures the relative sizes of the two tails. The kurtosis parameter is a measure of the combined weight of the tails relative to the rest of the distribution. Since these numbers appear automatically, it is natural to wonder how they might be used in practice. What purpose do these shape statistics serve in any data analysis? Note for website visitors - Two questions are asked every week on this platform. One on Tuesday and the other on Friday. All questions so far can be seen here - https://www.benchmarksixsigma.com/forum/lean-six-sigma-business-excellence-questions/ Please visit the forum home page at https://www.benchmarksixsigma.com/forum/ to respond to the latest question open till the next Tuesday/ Friday evening as per Indian Standard Time. The best answer is always shown at the top among responses and the author finds honorable mention in our Business Excellence dictionary at https://www.benchmarksixsigma.com/forum/business-excellence-dictionary-glossary/ along with the related term.