Note: I’m using my dissertation as an excuse to learn R. I’m going to put out some of my code for others to peruse/use/improve/correct. Hopefully we can all learn a little bit from it. If you do use it or change it, please let me know in the comments what you did so I can learn too!
Most statistics that you are going to run rely on a number of assumptions about your data. One of the most frequent (pun intended) assumptions is that your data is normally distributed. The function I’ve provided below will output into a text file (and the R terminal): basic summary statistics, Skewness, Kurtosis, and the Shapiro-Wilks Test for Normality. The function will also output a histogram, density graph, box plot, and Q-Q plot so that you can really a really good idea of what the ‘shape’ of your data look like. Just like the reliability function, you will need to load the ‘psych’ package to use this.