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Now I will be investigating the number of words in each sentence. But before I will do this, I will conduct a pretest. My pretest will be a short investigation into the word length of sentences in The Sun, Daily Mail and Evening Standard. I will be using quota sampling by selecting one sentence randomly from every page which contains text and counting the number of words in it. In The Sun, the mean word length of sentences was 20.4 words which are rounded to twenty words as sentence length is discrete, not continuous. The mean sentence length of Daily Mail is 26 words and finally the mean sentence length of the Evening Standard is 28 words. In this pretest, I have found out that the Evening Standard has a higher mean sentence length than the Daily Mail or The Sun. Now that I have completed my pretest, I will now continue with my main investigation. ...read more.

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Therefore each value would be divided by 867 and multiplied by 80. The table below shows the number of sentences I should take from each article. The Sun Politics Business Sport Current Affairs Entertainment Sample size (sentences) 8 8 24 29 11 Therefore, I would have to randomly select eight sentences from the politics section of the newspaper, eight sentences from the business section of the newspaper and so on. Daily Mail Politics Business Sport Current Affairs Entertainment Column Inches 127 84 135 284 112 I will have to divide each value above by the total number of inches which is 742 and then multiply each value by the sample size which is eighty. Below is the table showing the results from my calculations. Daily Mail Politics Business Sport Current Affairs Entertainment Sample size (sentences) 14 9 14 31 12 Therefore, I would have to randomly select fourteen sentences from the politics section of the newspaper and so on. ...read more.

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Below is a table of averages showing the median, mean and mode for all three newspapers. The Sun Daily Mail Evening Standard Median 19 27 32 Mean 20 26 32 Mode 20 28 34 The Evening Standard has a higher median, mean and mode than the Daily Mail which in turn has a higher median, mean and mode than The Sun. This means that the Evening Standard has longer sentences than both the Daily Mail and The Sun. The Evening Standard has a higher word length and sentence length than both the Daily Mail and The Sun. However, the Daily Mail has a higher word length and sentence length than The Sun. Therefore, The Sun is easier to read than both the Daily Mail and the Evening Standard. The Daily Mail is easier to read than the Evening Standard. This concludes my investigation and I have proved all of my predictions correct. List Newspaper comparison part 1/3 Newspaper comparison part 2/3 Newspaper comparison part 3/3 NEWSPAPER COMPARISONS MEHUL SHAH - 1 - ...read more.

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