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• Level: GCSE
• Subject: Maths
• Word count: 3998

# Maths Coursework

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Introduction

Maths Coursework

Introduction

In this investigation I am going to find out the readability of three different types of newspapers: tabloid, broadsheet and quality.  To do this I will take the average sentence length and compare them with each other.  In my opinion, the shorter the average sentence length of the newspaper, the easier the newspaper will be to read.

Plan

This investigation will find the readability of the newspapers by comparing sentence length.  Four different categories will be used: news, entertainment, business and sport. These were chosen because all three different newspapers had a number of pages on these categories.

At the moment by looking at the newspapers a number of problems have been found.  Firstly, all the different categories are not placed in order or together within the newspaper so to get completely random pages will be difficult.  To resolve this problem the pages in the same category that are not together in the newspaper will be numbered.  Then a random number chosen by using the calculator’s random button will find which page to use.  If the random number chosen by the calculator is bigger than the amount of pages, that number will be left out and another random number chosen.

The next problem that will be encountered when starting the investigation will be how to chose random sentences of a page.  This will also be resolved by using the calculator’s random button.  The number that comes up on the display will chose how many lines will be counted down on that page and then the next nearest sentence will be chosen to examine the sentence length.

The final problem that has been found is that many of the newspapers have large pictures in the middle of their pages with circular shapes.

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 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 30 | 1 31 | 1 25 | 1

### The Daily Mirror-Sport

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 29 | 1 28 | 1 47 || 2 19 | 1 24 | 1 17 | 1 30 | 1 31 || 2 15 | 1 9 | 1 36 | 1 32 | 1 35 | 1 33 | 1 16 | 1

The Times-News

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 30 || 2 44 | 1 12 || 2 28 || 2 22 | 1 33 | 1 39 | 1 20 || 2 21 || 2 16 | 1 35 | 1 40 | 1 13 | 1 48 | 1 49 | 1 38 | 1 23 || 2 27 | 1 46 | 1 36 | 1 47 | 1 39 | 1

The Times-Entertainment

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 52 | 1 30 | 1

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 14 || 2 32 | 1 29 | 1 38 | 1 33 || 2 22 | 1 36 | 1 40 | 1 18 || 2 41 | 1 21 | 1 17 | 1 27 | 1

The Times-Sport

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 69 | 1 37 || 2 30 | 1 21 | 1 34 | 1 23 || 2 17 | 1 64 | 1 4 | 1 19 || 2 44 | 1 24 | 1 10 | 1 12 | 1 29 | 1 27 | 1

The Guardian-News

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 46 | 1 31 || 2 27 | 1 33 ||| 3 30 ||| 3 20 || 2 34 || 2 25 ||| 3 44 | 1 49 | 1 22 | 1 9 | 1 29 || 2 7 | 1 23 | 1 19 | 1 37 | 1 40 | 1 36 || 2 35 | 1 32 | 1 3 | 1 18 | 1

The Guardian-Entertainment

 Sentence Length Tally Frequency 30 || 2 44 | 1 12 || 2 28 || 2 22 | 1 33 | 1 39 | 1 20 || 2 21 || 2 16 | 1 35 | 1 40 | 1 13 | 1 48 | 1 49 | 1 38 | 1 23 || 2 27 | 1 46 | 1 36 | 1 47 | 1 39 | 1

Conclusion

There were many differences in readability, which were influenced according to the topic.  The quality and broadsheet papers both had similar long sentence lengths, which generally means the paper is less readable.  The tabloid paper had short sentence lengths on average, which generally means the paper is easier to read.  The news section had the longest sentence length with the entertainment having the least.

There may have been some different influences on the results that were gained.  Firstly, the random numbers chosen by the calculator.  Even though they were totally random the calculator a number of times, which influenced the results, repeated the same numbers.  Secondly, the in the sport category there was a major event which was taking place as a F1 team had been accused of cheating.  This then meant that there was more writing in the sport section for all three papers than there would have normally been if the paper were chosen on a different day.

There were a number of limitations of the investigation, which mainly involved the size of sample taken.  The bigger that the sample is the more accurate that the results would have been.  This could be a method to improve the investigation and to make it more accurate.  Improving the investigation in this manner could allow there to be readability table on every newspaper according to its genre and would allow people to chose which type of newspaper they would like to read.

Amir Arif

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