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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2007, 18:54
Hey all, OA is D. I found the question confusing so I thought I'd see what others thought. It's from OG 11.
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Re: CR- Postal workers [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2007, 23:01
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Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example, postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true? What if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?

The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of which of the following statements?

(A) Postal workers are the representative of service workers in general

(B) The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service

(C) Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals

(D) The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity

(E) The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postal workers


the wording a bit confusing but the answer that comes to mind is D
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Re: CR- Postal workers [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2007, 23:12
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Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example, postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true? What if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?

The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of which of the following statements?

(A) Postal workers are the representative of service workers in general

(B) The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service

(C) Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals

(D) The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity

(E) The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postal workers


Straight D.

"postal workers are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker."

Quality of service (delivered/total) may be high or low with same productivity (delivered), depending upon the no of letters lost, delayed. So, for computing "productivity", quality can be ignored.[/i]
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CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:49
Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example,
postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per
postal worker. But is this really true? what if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at
the same time that more are delivered?
The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts
about the truth of which of the following statements?

A. Postal workers are representative of service workers in general.

B. The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service.

C. Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals.

D. The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity.

E. The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postalworkers.
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 11:52
I'm going with D.

The objection's goal seems to be to say that, while the postal worker might deliver more letters, he/she might also screw up and lose a bunch too, meaning a poor quality to the productivity.
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 12:32
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I'm going with D.

The objection's goal seems to be to say that, while the postal worker might deliver more letters, he/she might also screw up and lose a bunch too, meaning a poor quality to the productivity.

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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 18:02
D

More letters lost translates to lower quality work
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 18:08
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 18:09
straight D
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 25 Jul 2008, 18:46
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Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example,
postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per
postal worker. But is this really true? what if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at
the same time that more are delivered?
The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts
about the truth of which of the following statements?

A. Postal workers are representative of service workers in general.

B. The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service.

C. Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals.

D. The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity.

E. The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postal workers.



conclution : Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex

evidence : scenario represented by postal workers
they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true? what if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?
objection in the above evidence is : more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered

now consider the option that weakens the evidence ,i.e, casts serious doubt on objection given above :

A is incorrect since the objection is for postal workers
B is just a statement it does not weaken the objection
C is way too generic ,the auythor takes conclution on workers only not a group
D will weaken the objection since it says Quality can be ignored while calculating productivity(P) hence here also objection is about quality(Q) only .So when Q does not contribute to P then why this objection.
IMO D

E just says no. of letters delivered are relevant and no mention about anyoither think hence not sufficient to weaken the objection
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Re: CR - Measuriing productivity [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2010, 08:53
Can someone help in rephrasing the question - is it asking us that new proposed productivity measurement is based on what statement below? or in other words Which of the following is true to support conclusion ..type?
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2011, 10:37
Can anyone please clarify the question stem here?

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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2011, 11:21
Conclusion: more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker
To do: cast doubt on the conclusion (which answer weakens the conclusion)

A) not relevant to productivity
B) not relvant
C) not relevant
D) ANSWER: if the quality of services is ignored, then productivity has not gone up even if the number of letters delivered has gone up
E) seems relevant, but even if the number of letters delivered is relevant, it doesn’t weaken the conclusion (this answer says that the # is relevant)
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2011, 12:59
the official explanation says that it is finding an assumption question.
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Re: CR-productivity [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2011, 06:48
Is it?where does it show that it is an assumption question..To be honest even i am confused here...

Can anybody explain in detail the question type here..
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Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example, postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letter are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true? What if more letter are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?

The objections implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of which of the following statements?
a.) Postal workers are representative of service workers in general.
b.) The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service.
c.) Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not individuals.
d.) The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity.
e.) The number of letters delivered is relevant to the measuring the productivity of postal workers.
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Re: CR Weaken Question [#permalink] New post 02 Oct 2011, 20:39
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Re: Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is [#permalink] New post 15 Aug 2012, 12:57
I am unable to understand what exactly the stem requires?
"The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of which of the following statements?"
Please explain the wording "the objection ...based on doubts about the truth", some examples will be helpful.
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Re: Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 05:12
the question itself looks tricky..
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Re: Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2013, 06:36
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Correctly measuring the productivity of service workers is complex. Consider, for example, postal workers: they are often said to be more productive if more letters are delivered per postal worker. But is this really true? What if more letters are lost or delayed per worker at the same time that more are delivered?

The objection implied above to the productivity measure described is based on doubts about the truth of which of the following statements?

(A) Postal workers are representative of service workers in general.
(B) The delivery of letters is the primary activity of the postal service.
(C) Productivity should be ascribed to categories of workers, not to individuals.
(D) The quality of services rendered can appropriately be ignored in computing productivity.
(E) The number of letters delivered is relevant to measuring the productivity of postal workers.


A. The stimulus used postal workers as example. It did not really mention being a rep in general.
B. "primary" is not tackled... The issue is whether number of delivery as sufficient for measurement...
C. This is opposite the stimulus,,,
D. This is the issue. This is correct.
E. it is but perhaps incomplete.

Answer: D
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