## Are My Data Normally Distributed?

You have a set of data. You would like to know if the data comes from a normal distribution. How do you do that? A normal probability plot can be used to determine if sets of data come from a normal distribution. This involves using the probability properties of the normal distribution. The data are compared to a normal distribution in such a way that will result in a straight line if the data are normally distributed.

For example, consider the normal probability plot below. This is a data set of the forearm lengths for males. We want to know if the data come from a normal...