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# An investigation into the difference in readability between a tabloid and a broadsheet newspaper.

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The Independent Median - 6 Lower Quartile - 4 Upper Quartile - 8 The Mirror Median - 6 Lower Quartile - 5 Upper Quartile - 8 Katherine Allen Stratified Sample The previous part of this investigation only took into account one section of the newspaper. This may not have given the whole picture of the difference in word length, as only certain sections were investigated. Carrying out a stratified sample would mean there is a representation of the length of words throughout the whole paper. To take a stratified sample I will first need to ascertain the different sections in each paper, for example, news, business, sport etc. I will then need to count how many pages there are of each section. There will not be the same sections in each paper but this will not be a problem, as it is a comparison between the overall newspapers, not the sections themselves. When counting the pages I will leave out those that are adverts or taken up almost completely with adverts. I will also exclude television guides and pages covered with tables showing sports results or similar. I don't think that the wording on those types of pages will be different in length, and often they are not formed onto sentences so the level of readability would be very hard to determine. I will take the number of pages in the section and divide it by the number of pages altogether. I will then multiply this number by 100, which is the number of words that I shall count from each newspaper. I am using this number of words in my samples because it seemed to give a wide spread of results during the last part of the investigation and I therefore consider it to be a reasonable number in order to gain a fair sample. ...read more.

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