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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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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

 Statistic Broadsheet Tabloid mode 3 1 range 11 12 median 9 6 mean 4 4

Sentence Length Statistical Analysis

 Statistic The sun The Daily Telegraph Modal 6 6 Range 13 6 Median 6 4 Mean 8.2 4.03

Conclusion

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25 or less

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30 or less

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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

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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