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I think that newspapers generally have longer words in them compared to magazines.

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My Hypothesis

I think that newspapers generally have longer words in them compared to magazines.

Data Collection Rules

I will collect data from a randomly selected newspaper from a list, and a random page, article and paragraph, by generating a random number on a calculator. The number generated will correspond to a newspaper or magazine and a page, article and a paragraph. I will only count the first one hundred words. I will not count numbers in digit form, and words that are hyphenated will be counted as separate words, i.e. three-quarters are two words, not one.

I have used bar charts to help compare my data as it is a very easy and simple medium to compare. On the Frequency chart, the bigger the lines are at the right hand side, the longer words the sample contains.

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Detailed Comparison

After seeing all the charts on the same pages, I think I may be wrong in my last guess, so I have decided to make an ‘average chart’ for the samples, i.e. find the average frequency/cumulative frequency for the broadsheets, tabloids and magazines to make it easier to see the difference.

From this, it seams a lot more obvious. From that data, I can say that Broadsheet newspapers contain longer words than in tabloids, which in turn, contain longer words than in magazines.

        I then looked at my ‘Mean, Median and Mode’ calculations. When looking at my mean calculations, it suggests that broadsheets and tabloids are ‘on

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Secondary Data Comparison

When I looked at the secondary data, it appears that broadsheets still have the longest words, followed by tabloids, then magazines, but they are allot closer together than my primary data.


From the data I have collected, I can say that I can support my original hypothesis, ‘that newspapers generally have longer words in them compared to magazines.’, and have been able to say that in this case, that broadsheets have longer words than tabloids, and tabloids have longer words in them than in magazines. The secondary data helped me with a ‘second opinion’ to check my results. I found that my results were correct, but the secondary data seemed to be closer together than mine, and was harder to judge than my original data.

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