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Find out if a tabloid paper gives a more "easier" read than a broadsheet paper.

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There are many different newspapers; they range from tabloid papers to the broadsheet papers. The tabloids are a lighter read to the more involving descriptive broadsheet papers. Different newspapers are written to suit these preferences.

In the tabloid papers the wording used is less profound and therefore more easily understood.


To find if a tabloid paper gives a more "easier" read than a broadsheet paper


A broadsheet paper will have more letters on average per word than a tabloid paper.

A broadsheet will have longer sentence than a tabloid paper.


1.To collect data on number of letter per word in two papers.

2.To present data in a meaningful way.

3.To interpret and analyse results and diagrams.

4.To draw conclusions on analysis, state whether the prediction is correct.


The data will be collected in a stratified sample of 100 words and sentences. This should give a good overall view to the word length in a section. Similar sections from each newspaper will be counted as to keep it fair.

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Mean - you have to add up all the values in a set of data and then divide that sum by the number of values in the dataset.

Median – This is the number in the very middle of a list of numbers

IQR - This is the difference between the Upper Quartile and the Lower Quartile

Standard Deviation – I am also going to work out the standard deviation of the data I have collected, as it is a good way of measuring the spread. A large measure of spread will show a higher language level, because every sentence needs small words such as "a", "it", "and", "the" and "I" to make sense, and a large measure of spread would show that there are words with a lot of letters as well. A small measure of spread would show that the word length is not varied that much, but it may mean that either the words were all mostly short, mostly long, or somewhere in-between. The formula used to find Standard Deviation is:



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My prediction is correct. In the conclusion the results suggest that The Times has more letters per word on average than The Mirror and longer sentences, but this does not mean that this is conclusive. There is only a small sample that has been taken. If there was more time larger, wider investigations could have been taken. I could have investigated other newspapers. I could also have investigated on the size of photographs or pictures that were in the papers, to see if there was a correlation between the size and number of pictures to the size of the words. A factor for there not being enough time was that I collected the results in a group but then lost the results. So I got some old newspapers from a month ago, which were available to me and started on my own results.

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