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• Level: GCSE
• Subject: Maths
• Word count: 1250

# Investigating Newspapers

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With "OAP" I would count it as 1 word and 3 letters. Results Article Length Here, I have chosen articles about the same events, so to keep it as un-biased as I can. Although it does show how different papers prioritise different matters. Sport: "Chelsea boss won't deny meeting Cole over transfer" Front Page: "SAS feared dead in Iraq air crash as millions of voters defy terrorists" Mid-Paper: "REVEALED: The secret evidence that Jacko hopes will save him from a prison cell" Daily Mail The Sun The Daily Telegraph Sport 30 37 40 Front Page 37 41 37 Mid-Paper 114 35 20 Sentence Length These are the sentence lengths that I collected, they have been ordered. Daily Mail The Sun The Daily Telegraph Sport 6, 10, 11, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 17, 17, 19, 19, 19, 22, 23, 26, 32, 32, 37 9, 12, 13, 20, 21, 24, 25, 25, 27, 27, 28, 29, 31, 33, 33, 34, 35, 38, 43, 48 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 32, 34 Front Page 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 15, 15, 15, 17, 18, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 28, 28, 32 6, 8, 8, 9, ...read more.

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As you can see the median word length is higher than the other two and the spread between the quartiles stretches further into the high numbers. The mean for the Daily Mail is also higher than the rest of them (as displayed on the box and whisker diagrams). The Daily Telegraph and The Sun compare very closely on the box and whisker diagrams, though The Daily Mail shows a significantly lower mean word length. Front Page The box and whisker diagrams show me that The Sun obviously has the longer words in general. This also shows through in the mean. On The Daily Telegraph plot, it doesn't look like there is a median; this is because the median is the same value as the lower quartile, so they are on top of each other. I think that by comparing the Sport and the Front Page plots, I can see that in general the Front Page articles seem to have significantly shorter words. Mid-Paper I can see that the Daily Mail has a wider spread of word length, but still its mean word length is lower still than The Sun, who has the longest mean word length of the three in mid-paper articles. The mid-paper articles tend to have longer words than that of the front page articles, but I think shorter than the sport ones. ...read more.

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