nespaper comparisons part 1/3
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Introduction
In this coursework, I will be selecting three newspapers. One will be a tabloid newspaper, another will be a broadsheet newspaper and my last newspaper will be one which is a mixture of both. I intend to make several comparisons between these three types of newspapers.
The newspapers I have chosen to use are the ‘The Sun’ as my tabloid newspaper, the ‘Evening Standard’ as my broadsheet newspaper and ‘Daily Mail’ as the paper in between.
For my investigation, I wish to investigate which newspaper is easier to read in comparison to each other.
I will conduct my investigation by finding out which newspaper has longer or shorter words and sentences. This is because shorter words and sentences are easier to read than longer words and sentences.
The following are the questions which I will be answering to complete my investigation;
1) Which newspaper has more letters in a word?
2) Which newspaper has more words in a sentence?
My hypothesis is that The Sun, the tabloid, will have fewer letters in a word compared to the Daily Mail which in turn would have fewer letters in a word than the broadsheet newspaper, Evening Standard.
Middle
28
24
7
33
35
8
38
40
9
39
9
10
40
10
11
40
12
40
13
40
Total
40
40
213
Evening Standard
Number of letters per word
Tally
(Frequency)
Cumulative Frequency
Total number of letters
1
1
2
2
3
4
3
7
12
4
10
12
5
15
25
6
23
48
7
27
28
8
32
40
9
36
36
10
38
20
11
39
11
12
39
13
40
13
Total
40
40
251
The Evening Standard newspaper has a higher number of total letters than The Sun and the Daily Mail which means that the Evening Standard will have a higher mean of letters per word. This follows the prediction which I made at the beginning.
To help me understand the results more clearly, I will find out the median, mean and mode of the amount of letters per word. I predict that the Evening Standard would have a higher value than The Sun and the Daily Mail in each of these.
The median is found by writing the numbers out in ascending order of length and, in this case, finding the mean of the number of letters in the twentieth and twentyfirst words.
In the Evening Standard newspaper, both the twentieth and the twentyfirst words have a word length of six letters. I can see this clearly in my table as the cumulative frequency column shows me that all the words between sixteen and twentythree have six letters. The mean of these two numbers is obviously six which give the Evening Standard newspaper a median of six letters.
Conclusion
The Daily Mail has a range of eight and The Sun has a range of twelve.
Below I have created a cumulative frequency graph showing the cumulative frequencies of my results.
From this graph I can tell that the interquartile range of each newspaper is.
IQR of Evening Standard is 3.6
IQR of Daily Mail is 3.1
IQR of The Sun is 4
Using the box plots, I can make probability statements such as;
75% of the words in the evening standard have a word length of four or higher.
To work out the standard deviation for each newspaper I will be using the formula below.
x stands for the number of letters in a word.
f stands for the frequency of x.
N stands for the sum of the frequencies which is always forty.
xbar stands for the mean of x.
To work out the standard deviation, I have made a table.
The Sun  Daily Mail  Evening Standard  
x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  


Using the formula, I will work out the standard deviation for The Sun. I have decided to work out the standard deviation to 2 decimal places.
√ (1238/40 – (202/40)2)
√ (30.95 – 5.052)
√ (30.95 – 25.5025)
√ 5.4575
2.34
The standard deviation for Daily Mail is 1.97 and the standard deviation for Evening Standard is 2.95.
The Evening Standard has the highest standard deviation and therefore the highest spread.
Next part is newspaper comparison part 2/3
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