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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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My second hypothesis is that the average sentence length in a broadsheet will be longer than in a tabloid, I believe this because the most complicated information would be found in the broadsheet and therefore the use connectives

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Read All About It For my maths coursework I have chosen to compare a tabloid, which is a light-hearted gossip newspaper with more celebrity banter than factual information, with a broadsheet, which contains lots of information that concerns our every day lives and less gossip, it can be described as a more 'mature' newspaper. Broadsheets are normally printed in black and white whereas tabloids are printed in colour. The two newspapers are very different and there is a big boundary between fact and fiction, which separates the two. For my coursework I have decided to use the 'mirror; as my tabloid and the 'times' as my broadsheet. I have chosen these because in themselves they are very different and it will be very interesting to see how they both compare mathematically. From my tests I hope to find out how the lengths of words and sentences both compare and also how different the language is that they both use. I predict the language each paper uses will be very different as each paper has a different purpose, for example, a broadsheet is designed to inform whereas a tabloid is designed to entertain. I also believe that there will be longer words in a broadsheet when compared to a tabloid because of this, which brings me onto my hypotheses. ...read more.

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I did this by multiplying the number of letters by the frequency. I then added it all up and divided it by 100. I then made some graphs just to check the information I had collected was correct. Graphs are also easier to compare sets of data as the information is easier to read and stands out more. From this chart I can see that actually the word length in a Tabloid is the longest. I didn't expect this, but after double-checking my working out, it appeared to be true. Also from this chart we can see that a Broadsheet uses the most 3-letter words, which again was unexpected. A way of comparing information is by using the mean, median, mode or range. When we refer to the mean of something we are referring to the answer we get after adding up all of the data and dividing it by the amount of data we are using, for example, 2,3,6,4,8,12. The mean of this information would be: 2+3+6+4+8+12=35. 35/6=5.83r. When we refer to the mode of a number we a re really referring to the most frequent number in a list or set of data, for example, 2,5,7,4,2,5,9,2,1,2,5. The mode of this information would be 2 because it is the most frequent. ...read more.

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Focusing on sentence length, this is what I found for my tabloid and broadsheet. Key: 1|2|6 = 21 and 26 Tabloid Broadsheet I recorded my findings in a stem and leaf diagram because this way it is easier to read. From this diagram I can clearly see that the Broadsheet used longer sentences than the Tabloid. I drew a box plot for each set of data to be 100% sure of my conclusions. <- Broadsheet. <- Tabloid. When comparing both of the sets of information I can easily tell that the Broadsheet contains longer sentence lengths. I can tell this because the broadsheet box plot is further along the scale, which means there are longer sentences in it. I decided to draw some histograms to further compare the data. Tabloid. Broadsheet. The histograms show that the broadsheet contains longer words than the tabloid also. Therefore I can confirm my earlier suspicions. In conclusion my second hypothesis was correct whereas my first was wrong, during the first hypothesis my calculations do not support my hypothesis but in the second they do. If I was to repeat this experiment I may change the sample size or articles, maybe even the newspapers involved. Overall my results remain unaffected by any of the processes I have taken, the only time they would be affected would be if I had chosen to use names of places or numbers etc. By Coco Smith ...read more.

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