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Newspaper Comparisons For my maths coursework we have been asked to compare three different types of newspapers. They are: Tabloid- Examples include The Sun or The Mirror, these papers cover world news but like to focus on entertainment and gossip. Quality- Examples include The Daily Mail or The Express, these papers contain world news and comment on a variety of current events with a focus on features and leisure. It is considered a popular paper for a thinking person. Broadsheet- Examples include The Times or The Telegraph; these papers tend to cover news from all over the world. They are renowned for their well-written articles and opinions and their readership tends to be members of the professional and business classes. I have chosen The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Times mainly because these are the most popular and the best selling in all three categories. We can compare the newspapers in many different ways such as picture to text ratio compared to the other papers or the average word count in an article compared to the other two newspapers. But for my investigation I will be comparing the word length in the article compared to the other newspapers, this could also be turned into the readability in terms of language levels evidenced in different newspapers, because I believe that the longer the words and more words in a particular article the more you need to know about the subject/article. ...read more.

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See page 4 for graphs As a result of these calculations and the graphs I will be able to compare the median, lower quartile, upper quartile and interquartile range of the data. These show how spread out the data is. For this set of data I will also be calculating the mean deviation i.e. the mean distance of the values from their mean. These calculations will be useful because it compares all 3 newspapers by their mean deviation. Mean Deviation: The Sun- X Deviation 70 150-70 80 285 285-150 135 425 425-150 275 285 285-150 135 200 200-150 50 162 165-150 15 115 150-115 35 110 150-110 40 65 150-65 85 70 150-70 75 10 150-10 140 5 150-5 145 Total= 1802/12 = 150 1210 Mean Deviation = 1210/12 Mean Deviation = 100.8 The Daily Mail- X Deviation 25 193- 25 168 340 340-193 147 560 560-193 367 345 345-193 152 305 305-193 112 220 220-193 27 180 193-180 13 124 193-124 69 96 193-96 97 88 193-88 105 24 193-24 169 11 193-11 182 Total= 2318/12 = 193 1608 Mean Deviation = 1608/12 Mean Deviation = 134 The Times- X Deviation 76 287-76 211 594 594-287 307 723 723-287 436 488 488-287 201 491 491-287 204 307 307-287 20 252 287-252 35 190 287-190 97 124 287-124 163 156 287-156 131 33 287-33 254 15 287-15 272 Total= 3449/12 = 287 2331 Mean Deviation = 2331/12 Mean Deviation = 194.3 I am also going to work out the standard deviation of the data I have collected, as it is a good way of measuring the spread, as it takes into consideration all of the data. ...read more.

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I had worked out that a large measure of spread would show a higher language level, and that a small measure of spread would show that the word length is not varied that much, but it may mean that either the words were all mostly short, mostly long, or somewhere in-between. By working out the standard deviation I was able to work out the following information: The Times has the highest mean and the largest measure of spread for letters per word, showing that it has the highest language level out of all the newspapers which proves the hypothesis I made, about the Times having the highest language level in terms of word length correct. The Daily Mail standard deviation values are in-between those of The Sun and The Times, which proves the hypothesis I made correct. The Sun had the smallest measure of spread and the lowest mean for letters per word, which shows us that it has the lowest language level out of all of the newspapers; this corresponds with the hypothesis I made about measure of spread for The Sun. Thus my entire hypotheses were correct. I could have improved this investigation by using a bigger sample size and also investigating into other areas of the newspaper like the amount of space devoted to items and the sizes, number of pages and cost of the different newspapers. rajiv aery Page 1 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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