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  • Level: GCSE
  • Subject: Maths
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'Read All About It'

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GCSE Mathematics 'Read All About It' Introduction In this coursework I will compare, two articles from two different newspapers and then draw some conclusions form the results. The two articles I intend to compare relate to the recent event concerning, Mr Blunkett. One is from the Manchester Evening News (tabloid), and the other is The Sun (broadsheet). I chose this story because it was one of the hottest topics on the newspapers at the moment. I will be comparing word lengths, using 100 words from each article. People tend to think that tabloids are easier to read and express things in much simpler terms than broadsheets. This observation then leads me to the following hypothesis: Hypothesis: The tabloid (M.E.N) will contain shorter words than the broadsheet (The Sun) Pre-Test To prevent any problems from occurring during my experiment, I am going to do a pre-test that will involve me counting the lengths of 50 words from the Burnley Express, that is nothing to do with my experiment later on. Pre-Test Results Word Length Tally Total 1 5 2 10 3 6 4 7 5 9 6 4 7 4 8 1 9 1 10 1 11 1 12 0 13 1 During the pre-test many problems occurred, and these will need to be accounted for before I begin my experiment. ...read more.

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16 18 18/665 x100 = 2.7067 ~ 3 18 17 47 47/665 x100 = 7.0676 ~ 7 " 6* 20 18 23 23/665 x100 = 3.4586 ~ 3 14 19 17 17/665 x100 = 2.5563 ~ 3 17 20 35 35/665 x100 = 5.2631 ~ 5 16 21 18 18/665 x100 = 2.7067 ~ 3 3 22 21 21/665 x100 = 3.1578 ~ 3 21 23 20 20/665 x100 = 3.0075 ~ 3 6 24 16 16/665 x100 = 2.4060 ~ 2 14 25 29 29/665 x100 = 4.3609 ~ 4 22 26 38 38/665 x100 = 5.7142 ~ 6 35 Totals 665 * The original total of numbers is 101. So one number must be rounded down. Results Tables - Manchester Evening News Word Length (X) Frequency (�) FX (�x) 1 2 2 2 15 30 3 18 54 4 20 80 5 12 60 6 8 48 7 11 77 8 5 40 9 6 54 10 1 10 11 0 0 12 1 12 13 0 0 14 0 0 15 1 15 Totals 100 482 Calculations * Mean = 482/100 = 4.82 letters * Median = 100+1/2 = 101/2 = 50.5 * Mode = 4 letters * Range = 15-1 = 14 letters * Median Value = 5 Result Tables - The Sun Word Length (X) ...read more.

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Manchester Evening News Word Length (X) Frequency (f) F x X X� F x X� 1 2 2 1 2 2 15 30 4 60 3 18 54 9 162 4 20 80 16 320 5 12 60 25 300 6 8 48 36 288 7 11 77 49 539 8 5 40 64 320 9 6 54 81 486 10 1 10 100 100 11 0 0 121 0 12 1 12 144 144 13 0 0 169 0 14 0 0 196 0 15 1 15 225 225 Totals 100 482 2946 /x = 482/100=4.82 letters s� = 2946/100-(4.82)�=6.2276 = V6.2276 = 2.50 (2 dp) s = 2.50 letters (rounded to 2 dp) The Sun Word Length (x) Frequency (f) F x X X� F x X� 1 3 3 1 3 2 19 38 4 76 3 28 84 9 252 4 23 92 16 368 5 8 40 25 200 6 5 30 36 180 7 4 28 49 196 8 3 24 64 192 9 6 54 81 486 10 0 0 100 0 11 1 11 121 121 Totals 100 404 2074 /x = 4/100=4.04 letters s� = 2074/100-(4.04)�=4.4184 = V4.4184 = 2.10 (2 dp) s = 2.10 letters (rounded to 2 dp) Again these calculations show that the M.E.N has a larger measure of spread about the mean. Conclusions At the moment my hypothesis isn't holding strong. So far the experiments that have taken place have shown that the tabloid uses longer words. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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