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Introduction

MATHS COURSEWORK

INTRODUCTION

This piece of coursework is going to first look at the length of words and then goes onto look at words in sentences. I am going to do this by looking at 2 newspapers, 1 will be a tabloid and the other will be a broadsheet. I will buy both these papers on the same day and use similar articles.

HYPOTHESIS 1

For my 1st hypothesis I will be looking at letters per word. I would expect that words in the broadsheet will be bigger than the tabloid as they give a greater detail of events using more complicated vocabulary. I believe this to be the case because the broadsheet newspaper is aiming at a more well-informed reader than a tabloid.

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Middle

5

13

65

6

11

66

7

11

77

8

2

16

9

3

27

10

1

10

11

1

11

12

3

36

13

0

13

14

0

14

15

1

15

16

2

32


Mean        5.07

Mode        2 and 4

Median     4

Range        15

CONCLUSION

My results showed me that the tabloid uses the largest words with the longest being 16 letters and for the broadsheet the longest words only had 12 letters in them. This was reflected in the means for them both, the tabloid had a mean word length of 5.07 and the broadsheet was lower with a mean word length of 4.85. The range of words lengths was also much lower in the broadsheet than the tabloid; the median word length was lower in the broadsheet than the tabloid. When I came to calculate the modes for each I found that the tabloid was bi-modal and had 2 modes, these were similar in both newspapers.

2 WORDS IN SENTENCES

INTRODUTION

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Conclusion

FREQUENCY

CULMULATIVE FRQUENCY

1-5

0

0

6-10

0

0

11-15

2

2

16-20

3

5

21-25

3

8

26-30

5

13

31-35

1

14

36-40

0

14

41-45

0

14

46-50

0

14

51-55

0

14

INTERQUARTILE RANGE

Lower quarter         17.5

Upper quarter         27.5

Median         23.5

CONCLUSION

My results showed me that the broadsheet uses the longest sentences with the longest being 51 words per sentence and for the tabloid the longest sentence was 34 words per sentence.  The median sentence length was lower in the tabloid than the broadsheet. The inter quartile ranges were also higher in the broadsheet and the range was higher between the lower and higher than in the tabloid.

I have finished the investigation and have noticed that although the daily mirror has longer words the times has the longest sentences, the daily mirrors data on the length of words and the words in sentences is  more grouped together unlike the times data which is more evenly spread out though out the tables.

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