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Data Handling

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Introduction

Maths Coursework:

Data Handling Task

Task:

My task is to use statistical techniques to analyse the differences between different types of print media; for this I have chosen a tabloid newspaper (The Sun) and a broadsheet newspaper (The Times).

I have chosen these different types because of the variations between the two, for example they have different audiences, as The Times is a more knowledgeable newspaper than The Sun, which is more for entertainment. I also think that The Times will have more complex language and content than The Sun. Out of the differences above I think that I will be able to measure how complex the language is through measuring the length of the words and sentences in both newspapers.

Hypothesis:

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 Problems that occurred were:

  • Apostrophes e.g. Emily’s, It’s
  • Hyphen’s
  • Abbreviations
  • Numbers i.e. digits e.g. 38
  • Times e.g. 7.00pm
  • Headlines
  • Sub-headings
  • Acronyms e.g. NATO
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Conclusion

I will record my data in tally charts and when collecting the length of the sentences I will use grouped frequencies and I will then calculate the mean for both the sentence length and the word length. I will then put my data for word length into a bar graph and my grouped data of sentence length into a histogram so that I can compare the distributions. I will also use a cumulative frequency diagram in order to calculate the median and IQR by drawing box plots. This will show me the average word and sentence length and will also show me how varied the results are and I will be able to compare the distributions easily.

Finally I will use a summary table so that all my statistics can be shown together and can be compared.

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