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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 1319

Handling data.

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Introduction

Situation My father enjoys reading both sport and current affairs articles in the Independent newspaper. Although he enjoys both, he prefers to read the sport articles in the morning, as he says they are easier to read. His reasons for saying that is because he thinks the word lengths are shorter. I will carry out an investigation to determine whether word lengths are shorter in sports articles then they are in current affairs articles. Hypothesis The word length in sports articles is generally shorter then that in current affairs articles. Sampling It would be impossible for me to investigate every sport and current affairs article in the Independent due to the size of each section of the paper. Instead of doing this, I will take a sample of data from one article of each genre. Sampling is taking a small section of data to represent a larger body of information (population). There are two main types of sampling, they are Stratified and Random. Stratified Sampling is when a sample is taken proportionally to the content of each strata, where as if there were 120 pieces of data in one strata and 80 in another, then the proportional reading of these would be 60:40 proportionally. ...read more.

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3 12 Changed 7 12 Has 3 12 United 6 12 I will now put my Raw Data into a Frequency Table to make it easier to handle. Word Length Frequency 1 2 2 11 3 13 4 15 5 9 6 15 7 16 8 8 9 4 10 3 11 1 12 0 13 2 Word Length Frequency 1 1 2 6 3 18 4 14 5 21 6 14 7 14 8 4 9 4 10 3 11 1 Now I am going to place my data into Cumulative Frequency so I can draw a Cumulative Frequency Curve and work out the Quartiles. Word Length Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 2 2 2 11 13 3 13 26 4 15 41 5 9 50 6 15 65 7 16 81 8 8 89 9 5 94 10 3 97 11 1 98 12 0 98 13 2 100 Word Length Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 1 1 2 6 7 3 18 25 4 14 39 5 21 60 6 14 74 7 14 88 8 4 92 9 4 96 10 3 99 11 1 100 I have proved my hypothesis that the average word length in Current Affairs articles is longer then hose in Sports articles. This is clearly shown in my frequency tables, raw data and graphs. ...read more.

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