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Non-Normal Data Analysis Literature, Websites, Books for Learning

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krichmond0306

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This is a call for help, what literature, websites, books, etc is available for how to work with non-normal data?
 
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From my Master's Degree work, I'd recommend:

Olkin Glesser and Derman, Probability Models and Applications covers much about distribution fitting and many available distributions.

Acheson Duncan's Quality Control and Industrial Statistics is also good.

But from a practical nature, I'd suggest looking at "non-parametric" analyses. It would also help to know the context of why you are asking the question - in order to apply non-normal distributions to what?
 
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Barbara B

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Are you searching for methods which can deal with data which isn't normal and you know why it isn't normal, but want to use methods which require normality
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are you searching for methods which could tell you why your data isn't normal?

If you're looking at process data this usually won't be normally distributed, because changing of settings in the process will change the outcome and in most processes changes are not only permitted but usual and requested (e.g. adjustments due to tool wearing). A normal distribution will only directly occur within your process data if the process outcome simply reflects random variation and no "special causes" (systematic changes, sometimes rare events).

It will be much easier to answer your question if you provide some additional information about the data (origin, process,etc.) and your goal of the data analysis.
 
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