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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
  • Word count: 3790

Maths newspaper data collection project

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Introduction

In this study, I plan to find out about four different types of newspaper by collecting data from each one. Those newspapers are: - * A Broadsheet * A Tabloid * A Quality Tabloid * A Local Paper I plan to use the following newspapers:- * 'The Times' (Broadsheet) * 'The Sun' (Tabloid) * 'The Daily Express' (Quality Tabloid) * 'The Stourbridge News' (Local Paper) I will collect data about things like how many words are in a sentence, how many sentences are in a paper, how many pages are in the newspapers, how big the headlines are, how big the papers are. I plan to count hyphenated words as one word, numbers as one word. I will count picture captions but not sub titles and headlines. I will do a pilots study and a main study to find whether or not my hypotheses were correct. My first hypothesis is that the quality tabloids like the 'Daily Express' are easier to read than the broadsheets like 'The Times' because the words in the broadsheets look smaller and therefore more words will fit on one page. In addition, the pages in a broadsheet are bigger and will therefore fit more sentences onto one page. Also, there are fewer pictures on a broadsheet so there will be more room for words and therefore more words on each page. I think the broadsheet is the hardest paper to read, then the quality tabloid, then the local paper and the tabloid will be the easiest to read. My second theorem is that the quality tabloids have bigger headlines than the local papers like the 'Stourbridge news' because they look bigger. My third theory is that the broadsheet papers have more space/pages devoted to sport than the quality tabloids do but the quality tabloids and the normal tabloids like 'The Sun' have more sports pages than the local papers because the quality tabloid and the tabloid are national papers and will have information about sport from all around Britain. ...read more.

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I repeated this until I counted the right amount of sentences. QUALITY TABLOID Amount Of Words Frequency News Sport Gossip Other 1 1 2 2 3 3 3 1 3 2 4 1 1 5 1 3 5 6 2 1 1 2 7 3 1 3 5 8 2 1 2 1 9 1 2 1 2 10 3 3 11 3 1 2 1 12 2 4 2 1 13 1 2 2 4 14 3 1 2 15 4 2 5 3 16 4 3 3 1 17 1 1 1 2 18 1 5 1 5 19 5 4 1 2 20 3 1 1 3 21 4 2 2 22 3 1 1 23 4 4 3 24 3 3 3 25 1 1 2 2 26 2 2 27 1 1 28 1 3 3 29 2 2 2 30 3 31 2 2 32 2 1 1 33 1 1 1 34 2 35 1 2 36 1 1 37 1 38 1 1 39 1 1 40 3 41 1 2 42 2 43 1 44 1 1 45 1 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 1 TABLOID Amount Of Words Frequency News Sport Gossip Other 1 2 2 1 1 3 1 3 4 6 5 1 6 6 2 2 6 7 1 1 7 8 1 1 6 9 1 7 10 1 1 2 11 11 1 3 6 12 1 2 1 7 13 7 14 1 1 2 8 15 2 9 16 1 2 6 17 1 1 5 18 2 3 5 19 2 5 20 1 4 21 1 1 2 9 22 3 5 23 1 2 3 24 1 1 1 25 1 2 26 3 2 27 1 2 28 1 1 1 29 1 1 30 2 31 1 32 2 33 1 34 35 36 37 2 38 39 1 LOCAL PAPER Amount Of Words ...read more.

Conclusion

The quality tabloid has the least amount of space devoted to sport out of all the papers. My hypothesis was completely wrong because I got all the papers in the wrong order. My plan seemed effective because I chose sensible newspapers and my pilot study provided a good sample of information. If I had more days to do the study, I would look at more papers from different days to make the study bigger and therefore get results that are more accurate. I think the way I presented the data was all right but it might have been better if I could fit all four stem and leaf diagrams for each section of the paper on one page. The information gathered from the newspapers that I chose would be slightly different from an average day's newspapers because of the war on Iraq. Most of the news would have been about the war and there may have been more words in a sentence because the article would be aimed at adults rather than children, which means the words may be more sophisticated also. In conclusion, the hardest paper to read is the broadsheet paper ('The Times') because it has on average the most words in a sentence also it is the biggest paper and has the least amount of pictures. The next hardest to read is the quality tabloid ('The Daily Express') because on average it has many words in a sentence but not as much as the broadsheet. The quality tabloid is also the second biggest. The tabloid ('The Sun') is the third hardest to read because although it is the smallest it has the second least amount of words out of all the papers. The easiest to read is the local paper ('The Stourbridge News') because it has the least amount of words in a sentence on average. It is also the second biggest (It is the same size as the quality tabloid). ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Jsanj 10TE Maths Coursework ...read more.

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