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GCSE Comparing length of words in 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.


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.


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. Broadsheet newspapers contain more knowledgeable and formal articles.

What to take into account and how I reduce bias to make my investigation fair

I will have to take a number of things into account when I do this investigation. Firstly I will have to make

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