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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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I have been asked to choose some newspapers, analyse them for content and style and make comparisons between them.

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Maths Coursework Introduction I have been asked to choose some newspapers, analyse them for content and style and make comparisons between them. My analysis could consider for instance: * The amounts of space devoted to different items, such as sport, headlines, advertisements, news etc... * The relative importance, status and space given to various items, * The sizes, numbers of pages, area of print and cost of different newspapers, * The readability, in terms of language levels, evidenced if different newspapers. I have chosen to analyse the amount of letters in every so many words and then make statistic comparisons between different newspapers. Hypothesis I have decided to take three different types of newspapers but take the same story from each of them to see how each newspaper presents each one. Also I might consider looking at how much space each newspaper has given for this certain story. The three newspapers I have decided to choose are: > The Times > The Sun > Daily Mail The reason I chose these three newspapers is because each one is different from each other. The Sun is a tabloid newspaper; The Times is a broadsheet newspaper and the Daily Mail has a bit of both in it and therefore making the analysis more interesting to see how they set the article out. ...read more.

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Here is the data I have collected so far: Key = The Times = The Sun = Daily Mail The Times: Amount of letters per sample Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 4 4 2 7 11 3 17 28 4 16 44 5 12 56 6 5 61 7 3 64 8 7 71 9 0 71 10 3 74 The Sun: Amount of letters per sample Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 4 4 2 22 26 3 15 41 4 11 52 5 9 61 6 8 69 7 5 74 8 2 76 9 3 79 10 4 83 11 0 83 12 0 83 13 1 84 Daily Mail: Amount of letters per sample Frequency Cumulative Frequency 1 1 1 2 7 8 3 15 23 4 17 40 5 10 50 6 9 59 7 6 65 8 4 69 9 2 71 10 2 73 11 1 74 12 0 74 13 1 75 As you can see from the table of results, bar charts and pie charts, I have a nice good range of results. Now I decided to use the entire article of each newspaper because I wanted to investigate which newspaper seems to use Sport as one of their main assets to their newspaper. Instead of taking maybe a sample of the first 50 words of each newspaper I was interested to know how much each paper used. ...read more.

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Now we can not be certain that this will always be true as it is only systematic sampling but if I was to perform this again I would change many things. Firstly I believed I set the investigation out wrong. I believe the newspapers I chose were right, but the fact I used different amounts of words per article means I went about it the wrong way. Instead of focusing upon one main aspect, I focused upon two. One I focused upon the size each newspaper dedicates to its sports article, and also the amount of letters per every tenth word. If I preformed this again I would most defiantly focus upon the second point given instead of the first. Also I might not used Systematic sampling again. I might choose random sampling, maybe by some how using a computer based program to do this. Or If I would go into this investigation into great detail I would have chosen more articles of the same story but in three different newspapers. Like 3 different stories in 3 different newspapers, therefore leaving you with nine lots of results to compare and discuss. This way I am sure you would be able to find out which newspaper actually uses longer words or not compared with others. Bradley Wells - Maths Coursework - Anglo European School - Miss Filby Choose some newspapers, and analyse them for content and style and make comparisons between them. ...read more.

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