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• Level: GCSE
• Subject: Maths
• Word count: 1663

# I selected two articles from different newspapers - one from a broadsheet (The Daily Telegraph) and another from a tabloid (The Sun). Both articles are on the same topic. I am trying to find out which article, if either, requires a higher reading age

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Maths Comparison Coursework Introduction I selected two articles from different newspapers - one from a broadsheet (The Daily Telegraph) and another from a tabloid (The Sun). Both articles are on the same topic. I am trying to find out which article, if either, requires a higher reading age by working out which tends to use longer words and longer sentences and, using these measures, calculate the FOG reading ages. Hypothesis 1: Word Length Task First, I am going to work out which article tends to use longer words. Plan and Hypothesis I am going to record the number of letters in each of the first 100 words in both articles. I will not count numbers written as figures as words and I will ignore abbreviations like "e.g." and "etc." However, I will count words with a hyphen between them as separate words. I predict that the word lengths will be longer in the broadsheet as it is a larger, more detailed and informative paper aimed at "upper class" people who are considered to be better educated than the generally "lower class" tabloid readers. I will record the results in a tally chart and then transfer them to a comparative bar chart and a cumulative frequency diagram. I will also take the mean of the grouped data and use my results to compare the articles and test my hypothesis. ...read more.

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I will work out the means of the grouped data and then test my hypothesis. Tally Charts Tally Chart: Broadsheet Words Per sentence Tally Total 0 < n ? 5 IIII 4 5 < n ? 10 IIII I 6 10 < n ? 15 IIII 4 15 < n ? 20 IIII 4 20 < n ? 25 IIII 5 25 < n ? 30 II 2 30 < n ? 35 IIII 4 35 < n ? 40 III 3 40 < n ? 45 II 2 45 < n ? 50 I 1 Tally Chart: Tabloid Words per sentence Tally Total 0 < n ? 5 IIII 5 5 < n ? 10 IIII III 8 10 < n ? 15 IIII I 6 15 < n ? 20 IIII II 7 20 < n ? 25 III 3 25 < n ? 30 II 2 30 < n ? 35 II 2 35 < n ? 40 I 1 40 < n ?45 I 1 0 < n ? 5 0 Cumulative Frequency I am going to construct a cumulative frequency graph for both articles and box plots that will correspond with them. First, I will work out the cumulative frequency in these tables. Frequency and Cumulative Frequency: Broadsheet No of Words Per Sentence Frequency % Cumulative Frequency % 0 < n ? ...read more.

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