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Hypothesis: I think that out of "The Sun", "The Times" and "The Daily Echo", the newspaper with the newspaper which would be considered hardest to read, due to having the longest word lengths, is most likely to be "The Times". The reason I think this is because "The Times" attracts an audience of people such as business-men and business-women, who are more stereotypically likely to be more fussed over reading about predominantly important news (which is what "The Times" offers most of being a broadsheet newspaper), compared to "The Sun" (which is a red top paper and I would predict to have the shortest word lengths), and "The Daily Echo" (which is a tabloid newspaper). I believe that broadsheet newspapers are a lot more intellectual than red-top newspapers and tabloid newspapers. Plan: To find out if my hypothesis is correct, I plan to collect some data. I will need to collect data, that being the word length, in the following newspapers: "The Sun", "The Times" and "The Daily Echo". ...read more.

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I chose the data for this report using, as mentioned above, a systematic method, not only to avoid bias being brought into the investigation, but also as it kept the recording of my results simple and organised. I decided I needed three pieces of data from each newspaper because it makes the results easier to work out fair averages of word lengths from, for each newspaper. Therefore, that makes comparing the results between the newspapers much easier, as well as fairer, for me. I made sure that the sample data was fair and not biased by doing the following: selecting an equal sample for EACH article; starting the sample from the same place in the articles EACH time (in my situation from the beginning of each article, however that is not including the headline); double checking my recorded tallies; and double checking the word length of the words in the newspapers. ...read more.

Conclusion

* "The Sun" had the highest range of 13, where as "The Times" and "The Daily Echo" had joint ranges of 12. * The most popular word length was the same in all three of the newspapers. The mode word length worked out as 3. Again, this is an obvious similarity between the data of the different newspapers. Where Now? I could improve the method of doing this investigation by adding an extension of finding out the sentence length in a sample of each article, from each of these newspapers. This would be another way for me to determine which newspaper seems to be the hardest to read with the most complex vocabulary. This extension would then enable me to make comparisons between the word lengths and the sentence lengths and see if they agree with one another, or oppose with one another. The sentence length may back up my original hypothesis; however, it may show my hypothesis was incorrect, just like the word length had portrayed. ...read more.

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