Computer Science 1704
Intro to Data Structures & Soft Eng

Krider Curve

The Krider Curve was developed by Dr. Daniel W. Krider, Prof. of Mathematics, Concord College, Athens, WV. The curve coerces grades into forming a distribution which more closely resembles a Normal Distribution. This is a partial solution to the problem of class grades tending to be skewed toward the lower values. The Krider Curve forces symmetrical clustering about the mean (property of central tendency) and smaller variance within the scores (less dispersion).

uncurved 'skewed' t-distribution

curved 'normal' t-distribution


Given the following variables:

The Krider curve formula, , is applied to each individual student grade.

For example, if a = 1/3 then

This is equivalent to averaging two x values with one grade of a 100. The lower scores receive a larger curve than the upper scores. An appropriate action when one considers that poorer students require more help. The curve ensures that a student will never surpass another student who scores higher.

Alpha Determination

Alpha can be set to achieve a desired class mean.

Given the following:

The formula for deriving alpha's value for a desired mean:

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