Journal article

Normalizing variables with too-frequent values using a Kolmogorov-Smirnov test: A practical approach

Zvi Drezner, Ofir Turel

COMPUTERS & INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

Many quantitative applications in business operations, environmental engineering, and production assume sufficient normality of data, which is often, demonstrated using tests of normality, such as the Kolmogorov deemed Smirnov test. A practical problem arises when a high proportion of a too-frequent value exists in data, in which case transformation to normality that passes tests for normality may be impossible. Analysts and researchers are therefore often concerned with the question: should we bother transforming the variable to normality? Or should we revert to other approaches not requiring a normal distribution? In this study, we find the critical number of the frequency of a single valu..

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