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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 2077

For my Coursework I will use the following newspapers: The Sun The Daily Mail The Times Each article should have around 300 words.

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Introduction


Introduction

The purpose of this piece of coursework is to distinguish between 3 kinds of different quality newspaper by looking at their word, sentence and paragraph length.

For my Coursework I will use the following newspapers:

  • The Sun
  • The Daily Mail
  • The Times

Each article should have around 300 words. When I reach the 300 word limit I will continue to finish the sentence or paragraph, because I can not just stop in a middle of a sentence or paragraph. All of my data will be primary data, which means that I collected it on my own.

I will calculate the mean, mode, median and upper word, sentence or               paragraph length.

I will show my results by drawing tables and graphs to compare the newspapers with each other.

I think that the Times which is in my opinion the highest quality paper will have the highest number of long words and sentences.

As the quality of the newspaper decreases I would predict that the amount of longer words, sentences and paragraphs goes down as well.


Word length

First of all I am going to count all the words of my chosen articles. This part of the coursework is the most time consuming one, because the counting takes the longest.

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Middle

4

12

16-20

8

20

21-25

2

22

The Daily Mail

Sentence class

Frequency

C.F.

1-5

1

1

6-10

1

2

11-15

3

5

16-20

5

10

21-25

3

13

26-30

3

16

Sentence class

 Frequency

C.F.

10-15

3

3

16-20

1

4

21-25

4

8

26-30

3

11

31-35

1

12

36-40

1

13

The Times

I am now going to calculate the mean, mode, median and range number, but this time of the sentence length.

The median number can not be found exactly, but I can at least say in which group it would be.

Sentence length

Sentence length

The Sun

The times

Daily Mail

Mean

13.64

23.15

18.31

Mode

20

14.22

20

Median

11-15

11-20

21-30

Range

24

29

30

Paragraph length

The third stage is to count how many sentences are in one paragraph. All these 3 stages are from the same newspaper articles.

The Sun

The Sun

Frequency

C.F.

2

2

2

17

1

3

The times

The times

 Frequency

C.F.

1

7

7

2

3

10

Daily Mail

Daily Mail

Frequency

C.F.

1

8

8

2

2

10

3

1

11

I will again calculate all the numbers.

Paragraph length

Paragraph length

The Sun

The times

 Daily Mail

Mean

7.00

1.60

1.36

Mode

2

1

1

Median

1.5

5

2

Range

15

1

2

But:

The paragraph length does not really help me in my investigation because the data I get is far too small to make a real comparison between the different newspapers and is therefore not useful for drawing cumulative frequency graphs and comparing them.

Cumulative frequency graphs

Through the cumulative frequency curve I am able to find out 3 vital statistics.

  • Median: Exactly halfway up, then across, then down and read off from the bottom scale.
  • Lower and upper quartiles: Exactly ¼ and ¾ up the side, then across then down and read off the bottom scale.
  • The inter-quartile range: The distance on the bottom scale between the lower and upper quartile.
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Conclusion

I was able to draw cumulative frequency tables and Box and Whisker diagrams to show my results. I did not draw graphs for the paragraph lengths because I found out that this data does not show you anything, because of the simple reasons that it just doesn’t give you enough data to compare.

I predicted that the amount of long words and paragraphs will decrease as the quality of the newspaper decreases. This trend can be seen. The Times, which I predicted was the highest quality newspaper had the biggest amount of longer words and sentences. The median quality paper which I predicted would be the Daily Mail had the second largest number of long words and sentence, and the Sun is clearly the worst paper, and got like the trend shows the smallest amount of long words and sentences.

But overall I found out that it is not possible or at least highly difficult to say how high the quality of a newspaper is by looking at this data.

That is because the amount of words, sentences or paragraphs used depends primarily on the author and the story he writes.

So you can not really compare newspapers by this investigation.

If I would do the coursework again with more time, I would investigate more than 3 newspapers of every quality to get a clearer picture. I would also investigate more than one article from each newspaper.

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