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Maths Coursework Read All About It Anthony Williams 15/01/08 Suresh is comparing magazines and newspapers. He chooses a passage from one newspaper and one from a magazine. They each contain 100 words and he counts the length of all the words. Suresh then says that the magazine has the shortest words. Write a hypothesis about the length of words in newspapers and magazines. Design and carry out an investigation to test your hypothesis. Aim My aim is to establish whether the words in a magazine are actually shorter than the words in a newspaper by comparing and contrasting the two; by applying as many statistical comparatives as possible. Hypothesis My hypothesis is that the words in both newspapers and magazines depend on the readers, target market, that the article is pitched at and the amount of sophisticated language within the text. Comparatives include tabloids and broad street publications. However I think that magazines in general and tabloids will be shorter, due to the fact that it is structured for light reading and entertainment. Publications such as broad street newspapers contain more formal and sophisticated language. It would be prudent to mention the considerations made when undertaking the investigation. I have taken samples of 6 articles pitched at a wide target market in the level of read. ...read more.

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llll l 11 55 6 llll 5 30 7 llll lll 8 56 8 llll lll 8 64 9 llll 4 36 10 llll 4 40 11 12 13 l 1 13 14 TOTAL 100 471 Values in ascending order: 1, 4, 4, 5, 8, 8, 11, 14, 14, 31 Mean: 100 divided by 10 = 10 Mode: 3 Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion. Median: 8 Range: 30 Article 2: I'll live for you Bro. That life magazine, P42 Number of letters Tally Frequency No x Freq 1 llll lll 8 8 2 llll llll lll 13 26 3 llll llll llll llll llll ll 27 81 4 llll llll llll llll 20 80 5 llll llll llll 15 75 6 llll llll 9 54 7 ll 2 14 8 llll 4 32 9 l 1 9 10 l 1 10 11 12 13 14 TOTAL 100 389 Values in ascending order: 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 9, 13, 15, 20, 27, Mean: 100 divided by 10 = 10 Mode: 3 Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion. Median: 8.5 Range: 26 Article 3: Sex pest to pay victim. Daily Express, P32, 10/01/08. Number of letters Tally Frequency No x Freq 1 llll lll 8 8 2 llll llll l 11 22 3 llll llll llll llll lll 23 69 4 ...read more.

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High dispersion. Median: 4 Range: 22 Article 6: MG's Return, Auto trader, P,17, Vol 7. Number of letters Tally Frequency No x Freq 1 llll llll llll l 16 32 2 llll llll llll llll ll 22 66 3 llll llll ll 12 48 4 llll llll lll 13 65 5 llll lll 8 48 6 llll llll llll 15 105 7 ll 2 16 8 llll 5 45 9 llll 4 40 10 ll 2 22 11 l 1 12 12 13 14 TOTAL 100 499 Values in ascending order: 1, 2, 2, 4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 22 Mean: 100 divided by 11 = 9.09 Mode: 2 Shape of distribution; Large spread from the mean. High dispersion. Median: 8 Range: 21 Results Chart Article 1 New Article 2 Mag Article 3 New Article 4 New Article 5 Mag Article 6 Mag Mean 10 10 9.09 9.09 9.09 9.09 Mode 3 3 3 3 3 2 Median 8 8.5 9 9 4 8 Range 30 26 22 20 22 21 Conclusion: I have noticed that both the newspaper and magazine have similar results. The length of words are more commonly grouped between 3-7 letters, however not in line with the mean. Magazines have a lower mode and more frequency in lower letter word. It was a strong probability that magazines would have shorter words, therefore, Suresh's hypothesis and min own stand correct on the basis of this experiment. Magazines have shorter words than newspapers. ...read more.

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