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Choi: All other factors being equal, children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate than children whose parents did not earn doctorates.

Hart: But consider this: over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent that also holds a doctorate.

Which of the following would explain how both Hart and Choi could be correct in their assertions?

Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.
Parental education is rarely the overriding factor in determining whether a person earns a doctorate or not.
Both Hart and Choi fail to produce sufficient evidence to prove their cases.
One man uses raw numbers while the other uses percents.
Hart does not dispute Choi, but rather attempts to support his argument with additional evidence.
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23 May 2010, 21:46
IMO E.

We need to show the case when both Choi and Hart COULD BE CORRECT.

Choi: All other factors being equal, children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate than children whose parents did not earn doctorates.

Choi is favouring the higher chances of the results and not confirming that the number will be more.

Hart: But consider this: over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent that also holds a doctorate.

Hart is not objecting rather he is presenting some facts to support his case.

Which of the following would explain how both Hart and Choi could be correct in their assertions?

Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.
[No mention of external cases in the discussion. Incorrect]

Parental education is rarely the overriding factor in determining whether a person earns a doctorate or not.
[It somehow supports Hart only. Incorrect]]

Both Hart and Choi fail to produce sufficient evidence to prove their cases.
No. both have given some facts -
Choi says All other factors being equal
Hart presenets %ages.
Incorrect

One man uses raw numbers while the other uses percents.
It doesn't prove that both could be correct. Incorrect

Hart does not dispute Choi, but rather attempts to support his argument with additional evidence.
Correct This is what we have checked above.
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24 May 2010, 10:12
Nothing else suits here except E
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24 May 2010, 23:07
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IMO E.

We need to show the case when both Choi and Hart COULD BE CORRECT.

Choi: All other factors being equal, children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate than children whose parents did not earn doctorates.

Choi is favouring the higher chances of the results and not confirming that the number will be more.

Hart: But consider this: over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent that also holds a doctorate.

Hart is not objecting rather he is presenting some facts to support his case.

Which of the following would explain how both Hart and Choi could be correct in their assertions?

Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.
[No mention of external cases in the discussion. Incorrect]

Parental education is rarely the overriding factor in determining whether a person earns a doctorate or not.
[It somehow supports Hart only. Incorrect]]

Both Hart and Choi fail to produce sufficient evidence to prove their cases.
No. both have given some facts -
Choi says All other factors being equal
Hart presenets %ages.
Incorrect

One man uses raw numbers while the other uses percents.
It doesn't prove that both could be correct. Incorrect

Hart does not dispute Choi, but rather attempts to support his argument with additional evidence.
Correct This is what we have checked above.

I believe A is the correct answer.

I not sure on this because it beings in some external influence of aunt and uncle. But in E I feel Choi
with the style of his language and % disapproves the Choi's statement.
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25 May 2010, 04:12
Do you think (A) supports both of the speakers?

(A) Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.

Most means almost all. Moreover, no indication on external relatives is stated in the passage.
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27 May 2010, 10:40
my pick is (E).

Hart is supporting Choi.

Choi says that "children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate"

Hart is agreeing to his statement and providing additional facts that 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent (have one parent) that also holds a doctorate.
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Choi: All other factors being equal, children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate than children whose parents did not earn doctorates.

Hart: But consider this: over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent that also holds a doctorate.

Which of the following would explain how both Hart and Choi could be correct in their assertions?
A. Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.
B. Parental education is rarely the overriding factor in determining whether a person earns a doctorate or not.
C. Both Hart and Choi fail to produce sufficient evidence to prove their cases.
D. One man uses raw numbers while the other uses percents.
E. Hart does not dispute Choi, but rather attempts to support his argument with additional evidence.[/quote]

Choi: children with doctor parents have more chances to earn a doctorate.
Hart: 70% of doctorate holders don't have parents with doctorate.
Apparently, Hart is challenging Choi's suggestion. Hart seems to contradict Choi with another piece of evidence.
But in reality, Choi and Hart are talking about different situations. The scope of each is different. Choi talks about children of parents with doctorates. If only 2 percent of those children obtained doctorates later in their lives, it would still be true if less than 2 percent of children of parents without doctorates will obtain one.
But Hart talks about people already with doctorate. That's why the 70% is irrelevant to Choi's evidence. Hart could still be right and didn't contradict Choi.
Let's suppose that there are only 20 people in the world with doctorate degrees. If 15 had doctorate-less parents, Hart is right. But that is regardless of the fact that their children could still have more chances of getting a doctorate. Thus, Choi and Hart don't disagree, rather complement each other with different pieces of information.
How do we explain that both are correct?
A. No, nobody talked about other relatives.
B. It's not relevant.
C. Still doesn't explain how both of them are correct.
D. Hart uses percents, but Choi doesn't use raw numbers, therefore is not correct.
E. This explains exactly how both of them are correct.
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30 Jun 2010, 10:29
good explanation cano.
I was confused to choose E but now it seems pretty clear.
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30 Jun 2010, 11:00
Just to add to Cano's post:

Consider a pool of 10 doctorate children and 10 non-doctorate children and correspondingly 20 parents.

Now 7 out of these 10 doctorate children have parents who are not doctorate (from Hart's argument).

So the remaining 3 children have doctorate parents.

Now assume that these three parents ARE THE ONLY PARENTS who have doctorates in the group of 20 parents.

So remaining 17 parents are non-doctorates.

Now we can see - From a pool of 17 non-doctorate parents we have only 7 doctorate children (remaining children will of course be non-doctorates assuming 1 child per parent) and 3 doctorate parents have 3 doctorate children.

So all numbers stack up ---> Doctorate parents have a greater likelihood of having doctorate children AND 70% of children who have doctorates have non-doctorate parents.

cano wrote:
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Choi: All other factors being equal, children whose parents earned doctorates are more likely to earn a doctorate than children whose parents did not earn doctorates.

Hart: But consider this: over 70 percent of all doctorate holders do not have a parent that also holds a doctorate.

Which of the following would explain how both Hart and Choi could be correct in their assertions?
A. Most doctorates who don't have a parent that also holds a doctorate have an aunt or uncle that holds a doctorate.
B. Parental education is rarely the overriding factor in determining whether a person earns a doctorate or not.
C. Both Hart and Choi fail to produce sufficient evidence to prove their cases.
D. One man uses raw numbers while the other uses percents.
E. Hart does not dispute Choi, but rather attempts to support his argument with additional evidence.

Choi: children with doctor parents have more chances to earn a doctorate.
Hart: 70% of doctorate holders don't have parents with doctorate.
Apparently, Hart is challenging Choi's suggestion. Hart seems to contradict Choi with another piece of evidence.
But in reality, Choi and Hart are talking about different situations. The scope of each is different. Choi talks about children of parents with doctorates. If only 2 percent of those children obtained doctorates later in their lives, it would still be true if less than 2 percent of children of parents without doctorates will obtain one.
But Hart talks about people already with doctorate. That's why the 70% is irrelevant to Choi's evidence. Hart could still be right and didn't contradict Choi.
Let's suppose that there are only 20 people in the world with doctorate degrees. If 15 had doctorate-less parents, Hart is right. But that is regardless of the fact that their children could still have more chances of getting a doctorate. Thus, Choi and Hart don't disagree, rather complement each other with different pieces of information.
How do we explain that both are correct?
A. No, nobody talked about other relatives.
B. It's not relevant.
C. Still doesn't explain how both of them are correct.
D. Hart uses percents, but Choi doesn't use raw numbers, therefore is not correct.
E. This explains exactly how both of them are correct.[/quote]
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24 Sep 2010, 03:25
Yes E is correct !! They are not contradicting each other.

3 out of 10 have doctorate parents and 7 do not.

What if out of 100 doctorate parents 99 opt for doctorate? and out of 100 only 49 opt for doctorate? and the population of non-doctorate is greater than that of doctorate?
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24 Sep 2010, 18:13
One more vote for E.
Good explanation ykaiim
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13 Jan 2011, 22:31
Because its the only one that summarises the argument..
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Hi folks,

Excellent reasoning and critical thinking from all of you! Unfortunately, I'm afraid I need to be the bearer of bad news: its not (E).

(E) can be ruled out straightaway, in fact, simply by use of the word 'but' in the second half of the prompt. The two pieces of evidence are, at least superficially, contradictory; it's not correct to say Hart is supporting Choi.

That said, cano's reasoning was absolutely correct: the two statements aren't actually contradictory. There's not reason that both Hart and Choi's statements couldn't be true. Why is that?

The giveaway is in Choi's statement: All other factors being equal, doctoral parents predispose children to becoming doctors. Well, who's to say everything is equal? Choi is discussing the abstract, while Hart is providing statistic of what actually happens, in the real world where all isn't equal.

Thus, we can explain away the difference in the two statements. Parental influence is a factor in advanced education (so Choi is right) but it may not be a very important factor, one that can be overridden (resulting in Hart's statistics). (B), then, explains why both positions are factually correct.

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01 Jul 2011, 11:22
It is a Kaplan question ( I got this question in Kaplan's CAT). OA is B. Very subtle.

Choi ---> Children with doctorate parents are more likely to earn doctorate
Hart ---> But 70% of the doctorates' parents are not doctorates

So there is certainly a paradox and the question is asking us to resolve or explain how is that possible?

In resolve the paradox question we can't weaken one possibility over the other. We need to show how both the possibilities are possible.

Lets say,
10 doctorate Parents : 6 doctorate children. (more than 50% are doctorates)
90 non-doctorate Parents : 30 doctorate children (less than 50% are doctorates).

So Choi is correct.

Total doctorate children = 36.
% of doctorate children whose parents are not doctorates : (30 / 36) * 100 = 83%.

So Hart is also correct.

Hence both of them are correct. then the possible explanation would be there may be other factors other than parents' education.

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27 Mar 2012, 15:42
It's a math problem.... consider a 2X2 matrix of joint probability...

Chois is saying that "odds ratio > 1", that is:
(p00*p11)/(p10*p01)>1

Harts is saying that
p01/p11 > 7/3

These two statements can co-exist. No strengthening, no weakening, no mistakes.... Therefore, choice B is correct.

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27 Mar 2012, 19:11
This had to be a super hard question given that so many, even me (or is it I) voted for E.....
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IMO E......

both are talking about different groups....
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