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Flexible Class of Skew-Symmetric Distributions



We propose a flexible class of skew-symmetric distributions for which the probability density function has the form of a product of a symmetric density and a skewing function. By constructing an enumerable dense subset of skewing functions on a compact set, we are able to consider a family of distributions, which can capture skewness, heavy tails and multimodality systematically. We present three illustrative examples for the fibreglass data, the simulated data from a mixture of two normal distributions and the Swiss bills data. Copyright 2004 Board of the Foundation of the Scandinavian Journal of Statistics..

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