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:: Tukey lambda PPCC Plot - Free Statistics Software (Calculator) ::

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This free online software (calculator) computes the Tukey lambda PPCC Plot that is used to identify whether a distribution is short or long tailed (only applies to symmetric distributions). In addition it can indicate several common distributions. Specifically,
  • lambda = -1: distribution is approximately Cauchy
  • lambda = 0: distribution is exactly logistic
  • lambda = 0.14: distribution is approximately normal
  • lambda = 0.5: distribution is U-shaped
  • lambda = 1: distribution is exactly uniform


    If the Tukey Lambda PPCC plot gives a maximum value near 0.14, we can reasonably conclude that the normal distribution is a good model for the data. If the maximum value is less than 0.14, a long-tailed distribution such as the double exponential or logistic would be a better choice. If the maximum value is near -1, this implies the selection of very long-tailed distribution, such as the Cauchy. If the maximum value is greater than 0.14, this implies a short-tailed distribution such as the Beta or uniform.

    source: NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/, 2006-10-03.

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    Wessa P., (2013), Tukey lambda PPCC Plot (v1.0.3) in Free Statistics Software (v1.1.23-r7), Office for Research Development and Education, URL http://www.wessa.net/rwasp_tukeylambda.wasp/
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    NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, http://www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/, 2006-10-03.
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