Computational Statistics

, Volume 17, Issue 1, pp 117–122 | Cite as

Estimating p-values for Mardia’s coefficients of multivariate skewness and kurtosis

  • Douglas G. Bonett
  • J. Arthur Woodward
  • Robert L. Randall


Mardia’s coefficients of multivariate skewness and kurtosis can be used to assess the multivariate normality assumption that must be satisfied in many multivariate statistical procedures. However, the asymptotic tests of multivariate skewness and kurtosis do not perform well in small samples. A Monte Carlo method for accurately estimating the p-value is proposed and illustrated.


Kurtosis Monte Carlo Multivariate normality p-value Skewness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas G. Bonett
    • 1
  • J. Arthur Woodward
    • 2
  • Robert L. Randall
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsIowa State UniversityAmesUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Psychology and StatisticsUCLALos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyUniversity of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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