Comparing the Length of Words in a Broadsheet Newspaper and Tabloid Newspaper
I am now going to start my mathematics statistics coursework. The aim
of this coursework is to compare the length of words in a broadsheet
newspaper to the length of words in a tabloid newspaper.
My first hypothesis is that in this investigation the broadsheet
newspaper should contain longer words than the tabloid newspaper. I
think this because in my opinion broadsheet newspapers are aimed at
higher class and more intelligent people than tabloid newspapers are
so the broadsheet newspaper should contain longer words.
My second hypothesis is that the broadsheet newspaper will have longer
words in the reader’s letters than the tabloid newspaper does. The
reason why I think this is because I think broadsheet newspapers are
aimed at more intelligent people so if more intelligent people buy
broadsheet newspapers than tabloid newspapers the broadsheets reader’s
letters should contain longer words. In this investigation I will test
my 2 hypotheses and I will find out whether or not they are correct.
In this investigation the person I will be working with and will be
comparing data with is Kieran Leith. The paper I have purchased is a
tabloid newspaper called the ‘Daily Mirror’. This will be my primary
source. Kieran has bought ‘The Guardian’ which is a broadsheet
newspaper. This will be my secondary source. Throughout this
investigation Kieran and me will be swapping the data we have found
from each of our newspapers. By working with a partner it enables me
to work at a faster pace and should do the same thing for Kieran.
The size of sample we will both be using is 200 words from the tabloid
newspaper and 200 words from the broadsheet newspaper. The method we
will be using to collect each set of the first 100 words is to first
find 2 similar articles, one article from my tabloid newspaper and one
article from Kieran’s broadsheet newspaper. We will both look at and
record in our own separate tally charts the lengths of the first 100
words from each article from our newspaper. When obtaining my first
100 words I will only count letters and numbers and I will ignore all
other kind of punctuation. For example full stops, commas and hyphens.
The reason we are comparing 2 similar articles is to get a fair
comparison between them both.
To get the next 2 sets of 100 words we will both use the random button
on our calculators in order to pick a random page from our newspapers.
In my newspaper, the ‘Daily Mirror’ there is 76 pages. So in my
calculator I would type randomx76, this would then give me a random
page number from 1 to 76. From the random page picked I will then
collect my next 100 words. Problems I could come across whilst
randomly picking a page is that if the page selected is an