Comparing magazines and newspapers.
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Maths Coursework Q. Suresh is comparing magazines and newspapers. He chooses a passage from one newspaper and one magazine. They each contain 100 words and he counts the length of all the words. Suresh then says that the magazine has the shortest words. Write a hypothesis about the length of words in newspapers and magazines. Design and carry out an investigation to test your hypothesis. Investigate further. Aim My aim is to find out whether the words in magazines are shorter than the words in newspapers by comparing the two and using as much of my statistical knowledge as possible. Hypothesis My hypothesis is that the length of words in magazines, in general, and tabloids will be shorter than those in broadsheet newspapers. I think this is true because magazines/tabloids are mainly a source of light reading and entertainment.
I am going to compare The Guardian to The Daily Mail. When I looked at the articles I was comparing and I found that I had some problems. I wasn't sure what to do with abbreviations such as NHS and EU, and whether I should count hyphens (-) or percentage signs (%), question marks (?) and pound signs (£). I came across a word that included a hyphen, which was eye-watering. I decided to not count hyphens or question marks and percentage signs etc but I was going to include abbreviations such as NHS. We did not count punctuation. Results Here are my results from comparing the Daily Mail and the Guardian. I compared an article about Gordon Browns recent budget. I used tally charts to collect the data. Daily Mail - 'Wringing the Middle Classes' No.
I looked for alternatives but this is the only one that works well. From these results I hope to prove my hypothesis, which is that the length of words in magazines, in general, and tabloids will be shorter than those in broadsheet newspapers, by drawing graphs etc. Conclusion I have noticed that both the newspaper and magazine have very similar results. The length of words is more grouped around 3-7 letters in a word and there is more in here if you add the rest up against it. Overall the magazine did have shorter words. I expected this though, as magazines are usually easier to read so it was quite probable that it would have shorter words. It was still quite close between the two though. Suresh hypothesis and mine were right: Magazines have shorter words than newspapers.
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