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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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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 19:55
D. Both count it right and the same way - still a discrepancy.
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 [#permalink] New post 28 Sep 2004, 23:31
Will choose D as my answer choice
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 [#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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 [#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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 [#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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 [#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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