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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our articles, but surprisingly there is good reason to believe that the word count it provides is inaccurate. Several times when an article's words were carefully counted by our most reliable copy editor, the resulting count differed from the count the computer gave

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?
A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses
B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself
C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately
D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 19:55
D. Both count it right and the same way - still a discrepancy.
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 23:31
Will choose D as my answer choice
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2004, 13:32
D. Well, the editor assumes that hie copy editor's word count is right.
Editor uses the Copy Editor's answer as a refernce to compare the word count of the computer.
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2004, 14:34
D for me too but I am 99% sure OA is something else...
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2004, 17:55
I am coming up with B.

If the error was a result of the computer's malfunction, then it is possible to correct the computer and the argument falls apart.
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 29 Sep 2004, 19:35
OA is D
B is confusing but if you assume B, how can you say that it is computers which failed? If computers do not malfunction, this could cast doubt into the reliablity of editors
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Re: Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2015, 04:32
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Actually a good question but no one saw this one for 11 years. Verbal Bot please bump this one.
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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our [#permalink] New post 11 Mar 2015, 06:18
+1 for D.
As the editor`s conclusion depends on premise that words carefully counted by reliable copy editor are different, so counting by computer is incorrect.
Assumption is copy editor is not wrong.
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