newspaper comparisons part 2/3
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Introduction
The second set of articles which I will be comparing is about a kidnapped girl named Madeleine McCann. The Sun article is headed ‘This Is My Daughter…Not Madeleine’, the Daily Mail article is headed ‘No, She Isn’t Madeleine’ and the Evening Standard article is headed ‘Maddy Family’s Vow After Morocco Sighting Blow’. Below are the tally charts for my results from The Sun, the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard in their respective order.
The Sun  
Number of letters per word  Tally (Frequency)  Cumulative Frequency  Total number of letters 
1  1  1  
2  4  6  
3  10  18  
4  19  36  
5  25  30  
6  31  36  
7  33  14  
8  36  24  
9  38  18  
10  38  
11  40  22  
12  40  
13  40  
Total  40  40  205 
Daily Mail  
Number of letters per word  Tally (Frequency)  Cumulative Frequency  Total number of letters 
1  2  2  
2  3  2  
3  9  18  
4  14  20  
5  22  40  
6  28  36  
7  32  28  
8  36  32  
9  38  18  
10  39  10  
11  39  
12  40  12  
13  40  
Total  40  40  228 
Evening Standard  
Number of letters per word  Tally (Frequency)  Cumulative Frequency  Total number of letters 
1  1  1  
2  3  4  
3  8  15  
4  12  16  
5  18  30  
6  26  48  
7  31  35  
8  35  32  
9  37  18  
10  37  
11  39  22  
12  40  12  
13  40  
Total  40  40  233 
Using the same method as before, I will make a table showing the averages for each of the newspaper articles.
Evening Standard  Daily Mail  The Sun  
Median  6  5  5 
Mean  5.825 (6)  5.7 (6)  5.125 (5) 
Mode  7  5  4 
Middle
I have noticed that this has happened in both of the article comparisons so far. This could mean that the Evening Standard contains more letters per word but as the third set of articles has not been compared, I cannot be sure.
Now I will work out the range, the interquartile range and the standard deviation for each of these articles.
The range for the Evening Standard is eleven, the Daily Mail’s range is eleven and The Sun’s range is ten
The IQR of the Evening Standard is 3.1
The IQR of the Daily Mail is 2.7
The IQR of The Sun is 2.8
From these box plots I can make probability statements such as
75% of all the words in all three newspapers are probably three or more letters long.
The Sun  Daily Mail  Evening Standard  
x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  

Using the formula , the standard deviation for The Sun is 2.35. The standard deviation for Daily Mail is 2.43 and the standard deviation of the Evening Standard is 2.73.
Conclusion
This is the third and final set of articles which I am comparing. In each comparison I have noticed that the Evening Standard always has a higher number of letters in a word which therefore concludes my first question which I was to answer.
I will now work out the range, the interquartile range and the standard deviation for this set of articles.
The range of the Evening Standard is twelve, the range of the Daily Mail is eleven and the range of The Sun is ten.
IQR of Evening Standard is 3.6
IQR of Daily Mail is 3.5
IQR of The Sun is 3.2
Looking at these box plots I can say that only 25% of the words in The Sun are 6 letters long or more.
The Sun  Daily Mail  Evening Standard  
x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  x  f  fx2  

The standard deviation of The Sun is 2.27 and the standard deviation of Daily Mail is 2.70. The standard deviation of the Evening Standard is 2.59. The Evening Standard has had the highest standard deviation in each of the articles compared, so therefore, the Evening Standard has the highest spread.
Next part is newspaper comparison part 3/3
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