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There are many different types of newspapers ranging from tabloids to broadsheet. Tabloids tend to have lighter reading standards an example of this would be the Sun.

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Maths Coursework Introduction: there are many different types of newspapers ranging from tabloids to broadsheet. Tabloids tend to have lighter reading standards an example of this would be the Sun. Broadsheets are more complex and include a few pages on things like finance (tabloids do not have finance), therefore it may appeal to more people who don't want to buy more than one newspaper to check such sections. An example of this type of newspaper is the Daily Telegraph. Aim: my aim is to see if a tabloid is easier to read than a broadsheet newspaper. For this investigation I have chosen three newspapers. These are the Daily Mirror, Harrow Times and the Guardian. The Harrow Times is a local newspaper and a tabloid; I have chosen to investigate this newspaper because I want to see if the area in which I live in makes a difference in the complexity of the wording. I decided to choose the Mirror because it is a tabloid as well and because it is an average priced newspaper, which makes it a difficult to choose between other newspapers such as the Sun. Guardian was my choice for a broadsheet because it is a popular in its section and it provides all or almost every section in the news. Hypothesis: my hypothesis is that the broadsheet newspaper (Guardian) ...read more.

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Number of letters 9 Mirror: sports seventh word = Fowler. Number of letters 6 Guardian: economics seventh word = liberal. Number of letters 7 Harrow Times: economics seventh word = fortunate. Number of letters 9 Mirror: economic seventh word = unlikely. Number of letters 8 Guardian: headlines seventh word = deliberately. Number of letters 12 Harrow Times: headlines seventh word = combined. Number of letters 8 Mirror: headlines seventh word = deviate. Number of letters 7 Guardian: sports seventh word = million. Number of letters 7 Harrow times: sports seventh word = final. Number of letters 5 Mirror: sports seventh word = yards. Number of letters 5 Guardian: economics seventh word = delivery. Number of letters 8 Harrow Times: economics seventh word = lowest. Number of letters 6 Mirror: economics seventh word = volume. Number of letters 6 Conclusion: As you can see from the 9 sections of results above I have completed the obtaining part of the investigation I set myself to do. Overall the guardian has the most amount of letters per word out of all the other newspapers I have chosen. 8/9 of the sections are dominated by the Guardian letter wise. Since the Guardian has the more longer words and slightly more complicated words it proves that my hypothesis was correct. Here are the results from the Guardian: 9,9,6,10,10,7,12,7,8 Results from the Harrow Times: 5,5,4,5,9,9,8,5,6 Results from the Mirror: 4,4,5,7,6,8,7,6,5 From the figures ...read more.

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With the intention of accomplishing the aim of finding the median, which I have now completed, I will attempt to discover the mode of the results. I hope to find a better conclusion to why there is a peculiar relationship between the Mirror and the Harrow Times. The mode of a set of data is the value, which occurs most frequently. Guardian: 6,7,7,8,9,9,10,10,12 Mode = 9 Harrow Times: 4,5,5,5,5,6,8,9,9 Mode = 5 Mirror: 4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8 Mode = 6 I have now found the mode of all three newspapers, despite the fact that to of them have multiple frequent numbers like the guardian. The mode shows me that again the Though I have used three different methods of comparing the results, I think that is not enough to draw up a clear conclusion. Therefore I will be using three more methods of arranging these statistics and I will be constructing a few graphs and charts. The Range: this is a method of seeing how spread a piece of data is. It is usually used to compare more than one piece of data, therefore it would be ideal to use in this case. The way to use the range is by finding the lowest value and then subtracting it by the highest value. Lowest value - highest value = range Guardian: 6,7,7,8,9,9,10,10,12 = 6 - 12 = 6 Harrow Times: 4,5,5,5,5,6,8,9,9 = 4 - 9 =5 Mirror: 4,4,5,5,6,6,7,7,8 = 4 - 8 = 4 ...read more.

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