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I am going to investigate the readability of two newspapers. Readability is how easy something is to read.

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Newspaper Comparisons Aims I am going to investigate the readability of two newspapers. Readability is how easy something is to read. Plan For this investigation I will collect two types of data, one grouped and one ungrouped. The grouped data I will collect will be "Words per Sentence". I will be collecting this because I think that if a sentence has lots of words in it, it will be harder to read than a sentence which only has a few words per sentence, and this means it would be able to show the difference in readability between my newspapers. The ungrouped data I will collect will be "Letters per Word". I think this data will represent the readability because of the fact that a larger word would be harder to read than a word which is only a few words. The two newspapers I will be collecting my data from will be two newspapers that I think are written for different readers with different readabilities. ...read more.


I could encounter problems such as if there is 50% w, 35% x, 10% y and 5% z on a page and so because of this I will write a rough percentage of each stratum down for every page, instead of appointing each page to a certain stratum if it has the highest percentage. With these rough percentages I can work out the total percentage of each stratum and therefore work out how many pages there will be for each stratum. Having read my newspapers I think I can split them up into the following sections (stratum): * Advertisements * Business * Education * International News * General Interest (films, music, TV, murders etc) * National News * Politics * Sport * Others The Daily Mail has a total of 72 pages and the Daily Telegraph has a total of 28 pages. In my investigation I will not include Advertisement and Others because I don't think that these would represent the newspapers fully and that there could be exactly the same ads in both newspapers for example. ...read more.


* Max columns on the page are 8, so therefore type into calculator Ran# 8 + 1 to find a random column (if invalid try again). * Max lines per column are 135, so therefore type into calculator Ran# 135 + 1, to find random line (if invalid try again). * Max words per column are 10, so therefore type into calculator Ran# 10 + 1 to find the random word or to find the random sentence(because the word you find will be in a sentence and so chose this sentence) (if invalid try again). For my investigation I will collect data of a 100 sentences from each newspaper, noting how many words there are per sentence. I will also be collecting data of a 100 words from each newspaper, noting how many letters there are per word. Once I have found all my data I will put them into graphs, table and I will use mathematical techniques, such as inter-quartile ranges and standard deviation, to investigate my hypothesis that the broadsheet newspaper would be harder to read. ...read more.

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