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Which paper is easier to read, the tabloid, or the broadsheet?

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Introduction

Data Handling Coursework. In this investigation, I shall initially create a hypothesis. My hypothesis will be relevant to the content of a tabloid newspaper in comparison to a broadsheet. I shall firstly decide what type of data to collect, which will depend on which data is relevant to my hypothesis. I will then decide how much data to collect to obtain an accurate outlook and answer to the hypothesis. I will need to decide how I shall choose my sample to make a fair comparison of the two newspapers. The data will then be recorded in a table, and then in a graph that is relevant to the average and range required to answer the hypothesis. Hypothesis: Which paper is easier to read, the tabloid, or the broadsheet? My hypothesis is - I think that the tabloid is easier to read than the broadsheet. By investigating the three main factors affecting how easy or difficult the paper is to read, the average and spread of the data may help identify how easy or hard it is to read. When investigating the number of letters in the words of the articles, I think that the tabloid will have the lower average and range, as less word length variation and shorter words would make it easier to read. ...read more.

Middle

The inter quartile range is appropriate for this data as it gives a fair spread for the sample using 50% of the data. This should show me how consistent it is for 30 pupils to read 400 words of the two papers and may indicate that the larger the range, the less consistent amount of time it takes to read the 400 words, which may make it harder to read. All mean averages should be rounded up to the nearest two decimal places. Analysing the Data: The data on letters per word has been recorded on two tables. The raw data was firstly collected onto the tally/frequency table. I then grouped the data and placed it onto a frequency density table. I obtained the mean average and standard deviation of the two papers from the raw data on the first table (graph 1). The broadsheet had a higher mean average of 4.82 compared to 4.24. This supports my hypothesis; the paper that has the higher mean average has therefore, on average longer words and thus, the information suggests that that paper is harder to read. ...read more.

Conclusion

words per sentence - I could have used the mode and median as well as the mean to analyse the data. Also I could have displayed this data in not just a histogram, but also possibly in a radar diagram or pie chart to display different trends to analyse. When gathering my data for how long it takes to read 400 words in the two separate articles, instead of just using my maths class, who may have a higher or lower literacy than other sets I could have chosen 30 random people of different abilities and possibly different ages to make the data less biased and a better representation of the population that reads the two newspapers. Also I could have transferred the data onto a histogram as well as the cumulative frequency polygon to obtain the mean and standard deviation as well as the already acquired median as the mean uses all the data as does the standard deviation compared to the I.Q.R. which only calculates the range using half of the data. When gathering the data, if I had measured a larger sample size - 100 words instead of 50, then the statistics would be more valid and possibly more accurate compared to the lesser sample size. ...read more.

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