# Variation vs. Skewness — What's the Difference?

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#### Variation

A change or slight difference in condition, amount, or level, typically within certain limits
Regional variations in house prices
The figures showed marked variation from year to year
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#### Skewness

In probability theory and statistics, skewness is a measure of the asymmetry of the probability distribution of a real-valued random variable about its mean. The skewness value can be positive, zero, negative, or undefined.
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#### Variation

A different or distinct form or version of something
Hurling is an Irish variation of hockey
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#### Skewness

To turn or place at an angle
Skew the cutting edge of a plane.
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#### Variation

The act, fact, or process of varying.
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#### Skewness

To give a bias to; distort
The use of a limited sample skewed the findings of the study.
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#### Variation

The extent or degree to which something varies
A variation of ten pounds in weight.
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#### Skewness

To take an oblique course or direction.
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#### Variation

Something different from another of the same type
Told a variation of an old joke.
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#### Skewness

To look obliquely or sideways.
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#### Variation

Magnetic declination.
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#### Skewness

To display a statistical tendency toward
A television program that skews toward teenagers.
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#### Variation

(Biology) The existence within a species or other group of organisms of differences in form, function, or behavior, especially when hereditary.
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#### Skewness

Placed or turned to one side; asymmetric.
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#### Variation

(Mathematics) A function that relates the values of one variable to those of other variables.
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#### Skewness

Distorted or biased in meaning or effect.
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#### Variation

A form that is an altered version of a given theme, diverging from it by melodic ornamentation and by changes in harmony, rhythm, or key.
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#### Skewness

Having a part that diverges, as in gearing.
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#### Variation

One of a series of forms based on a single theme.
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#### Skewness

(Mathematics) Neither parallel nor intersecting. Used of straight lines in space.
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#### Variation

A solo dance, especially one forming part of a larger work.
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#### Skewness

(Statistics) Not symmetrical about the mean. Used of distributions.
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#### Variation

The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing.
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#### Skewness

An oblique or slanting movement, position, or direction.
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#### Variation

A related but distinct thing.
When the process didn't work, we tried a variation.
All of his soups are variations on a single recipe.
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#### Skewness

The property of being skew.
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#### Variation

(nautical) The angular difference at the vessel between the direction of true north and magnetic north.
Magnetic declination
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#### Skewness

(statistics) A measure of the asymmetry of the probability distribution of a real-valued random variable; is the third standardized moment, defined as $\scriptstyle\gamma_1 = \frac\left\{\mu_3\right\}\left\{\sigma^3\right\}, \!$ where $\mu_3$ is the third moment about the mean and $\sigma$ is the standard deviation.
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#### Variation

(board games) A line of play that differs from the original.
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#### Skewness

An oblique or slanting asymmetry
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#### Variation

(music) A technique where material is repeated with alterations to the melody, harmony, rhythm, timbre, texture, counterpoint or orchestration; but with some invariant characteristic, e.g. a ground bass.
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#### Variation

(genetics) The modification of a hereditary trait.
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#### Variation

(astronomy) Deviation from the mean orbit of a heavenly body.
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#### Variation

The act of varying; a partial change in the form, position, state, or qualities of a thing; modification; alteration; mutation; diversity; deviation; as, a variation of color in different lights; a variation in size; variation of language.
The essences of things are conceived not capable of any such variation.
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#### Variation

Extent to which a thing varies; amount of departure from a position or state; amount or rate of change.
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#### Variation

Change of termination of words, as in declension, conjugation, derivation, etc.
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#### Variation

Repetition of a theme or melody with fanciful embellishments or modifications, in time, tune, or harmony, or sometimes change of key; the presentation of a musical thought in new and varied aspects, yet so that the essential features of the original shall still preserve their identity.
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#### Variation

One of the different arrangements which can be made of any number of quantities taking a certain number of them together.
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#### Variation

An instance of change; the rate or magnitude of change
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#### Variation

An activity that varies from a norm or standard;
Any variation in his routine was immediately reported
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#### Variation

A repetition of a musical theme in which it is modified or embellished
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#### Variation

Something a little different from others of the same type;
An experimental version of the night fighter
An emery wheel is a modern variant of the grindstone
The boy is a younger edition of his father
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#### Variation

An artifact that deviates from a norm or standard;
He patented a variation on the sandal
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#### Variation

The angle (at a particular location) between magnetic north and true north
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#### Variation

(astronomy) any perturbation of the mean motion or orbit of a planet or satellite (especially a perturbation of the earth's moon)
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#### Variation

(biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
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#### Variation

(ballet) a solo dance or dance figure
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#### Variation

The act of changing or altering something slightly but noticeably from the norm or standard;
Who is responsible for these variations in taxation?
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