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‘Broadsheets are harder to read than tabloids’ - Maths Investigation

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Year 10 GCSE Coursework Comparing Broadsheets and Tabloids Hypothesis 'Broadsheets are harder to read than tabloids' I am going to try and prove this by getting samples from both types of paper and comparing the sentence length. I predict that the broadsheets will have longer sentences making them a harder read. How Will I Do It? First of all I must find my newspapers. After asking my parents for a newspaper I received a large shock, they had bought a broadsheet. So I have my broadsheet, but the bigger shock I got from my parents was, they hadn't bought a tabloid. So now I have a problem, where do I get the tabloid? After searching the house for a tabloid to no avail I decided to rouse my neighbours, after trying a total of eight houses I stumbled across a tabloid. Now on to collecting the data... I will do this by taking 5 articles from each paper and counting the first 30 sentences from each article. I will choose each article by using the random button on my calculator and taking the first two numbers after the decimal place and then taking the largest article from that page. ...read more.


These can be seen on the graph paper. This graph shows some important details. It shows the upper and lower quartiles, and the interquartile range. It also shows me the median, which is one of the three averages I will be finding in order to compare my data. Type Of Newspaper Upper Quartile Lower Quartile Interquartile Range Median Tabloid 25 11 14 17 Broadsheet 28 13 15 20 As you can see from these results that the spread of the broadsheet is bigger and that the median is higher, but this gap is very small and the results are very similar But to say that these results are relevant is wrong especially as the results have no link, so I will standardize the interquartile range to get rid of this problem. I will get the Standardized interquartile range by using this formula Interquartile Range Median Standardized Interquartile Range (to 2 D.P.) Tabloid 14 17 0.82 Broadsheet 15 20 0.75 I am also going to draw box plots to make this information easier to analyze. After seeing these I have realized that so far it seems that the broadsheet has a higher median and a larger spread of data, but with the data being very similar I am starting to believe that the hypothesis may not be as accurate as I thought. ...read more.


Well yes and no. My Prediction was that broadsheets have longer sentences making them a harder read. The broadsheets did have longer sentences but does that make them a harder read? My results were very similar, why could this be? Is it because they are at the same reading level, or because sentence length makes no difference to the readability or maybe because I got a harder tabloid or easier broadsheet. I think if I did this again I would have to do 1 of 3 things: * Introduce another broadsheet and another tabloid. * Look at something else and not the sentence length. Or * Get more samples. Improvements If I did do it again I would probably look at something else. I would maybe use the fog index, to find how easy they are to read, or maybe even use the reading age formula, to find out the reading age of each article ad paper. I think using that method would get a more accurate and definite result than the method I used this time. But I cannot ignore the fact that I found what I was aiming to find and had predicted correctly, even if the results were only marginally different. Even though the margin was slim I did prove my hypothesis. ...read more.

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