Sometimes it is convenient to convert moments about the origin to moments about the mean. The general equation for converting the nth-order moment about the origin to the moment about the mean is
where m is the mean of the distribution, and the moment about the origin is given by
The first moment about the mean is zero. The second moment about the mean is called the variance, and is usually denoted σ2, where σ represents the standard deviation. The third and fourth moments about the mean are used to define the standardized moments which are in turn used to define skewness and kurtosis, respectively.
See also: moment (mathematics), cumulant.