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Maths coursework on word length

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Introduction

                       Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Hypotheses
  3. Method
  4. Statistical Analysis of 4 hypotheses
  5. Limitations of 4 methods used
  6. Evaluation of 4 hypotheses
  7. Conclusion

                 Introduction

  • Compare a broadsheet and tabloid newspaper
  • Investigate word length, sentence length, readability and article area in both papers.
  • Randomly select a story in the broadsheet (put the broadsheet page numbers in a ‘hat’ then randomly pick out, use the same story in the tabloid) This reduces bias.
  • Bought papers on the same day so that articles should be the same in terms of context and content.

                Hypotheses

My hypotheses:

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Middle

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1

10

11

0

0

0

12

1

1

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          Word Length Statistical Analysis

Using the data gathered I found:

The sun

Mean – 419/100= 4.19= 4 letters per word

Median – 1,1,2,3,5,6,9,11,17,21,24 = 6 letters per word

Modal – 1 letter per word

Range – 11

The Daily Telegraph

Mean – 441/100= 4.41= 4 letters per word

Median – 1,3,3,3,6,9,9,12,16,17,21 = 9 letters per word

Modal – 3 letters per word

Range – 10

Statistic

Broadsheet

Tabloid

Mode

3

1

Range

10

11

Median

9

6

Mean

4

4

Statistic

Broadsheet

Tabloid

Mode

Range

Median

Mean

Word Length Comments

Statistic

Broadsheet

Tabloid

mode

3

1

range

11

12

median

9

6

mean

4

4

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Sentence Length Statistical Analysis

Statistic

The sun

The Daily Telegraph

Modal

6

6

Range

13

6

Median

6

4

Mean

8.2

4.03

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Conclusion

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25 or less

4

30 or less

1

The Daily Telegraph

No. of words per sentence

Cumulative frequency

5 or less

0

10 or less

0

15or less

3

20 or less

4

25 or less

1

30 or less

2

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Area’s

Section

The Sun (cm2)

The Daily Telegraph (cm2)

Page

1091.5

2220

Headlines

104.5

49

Pictures

55

13.3

Advertisements

363

732.5

Articles

132.25

199.75

Blank

0

0

Percentage Articles

12%

9%

Conclusion

My hypothesis was that broadsheet newspapers would contain sentences of larger words and greater length.

The data gathered from two newspapers printed on 8th April 2006, relating to a booby trap device, shows the following:

  • The Broadsheet newspaper had a higher frequency of longer words than the tabloid newspaper.

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