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# Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station

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Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stations programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stations news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stations new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directors decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise.

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did.

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received.

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news.

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision.
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22 Jul 2008, 03:04
Another B.

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Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stations programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stations news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stations new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directors decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise. (this in fact supports his decision – he assumed that the others liked the program but didn’t bother to write letters of praise)

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did. (Good)

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received. (Fav. and unfav. letters were about different issues)

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news. (Argument doesn’t say that such a relation exists)

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision. (And why he need to do so? Only because he got 50 fav. letters on another issue?)
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22 Jul 2008, 06:50
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Another B.

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Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stations programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stations news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stations new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directors decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise. (this in fact supports his decision – he assumed that the others liked the program but didn’t bother to write letters of praise)

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did. (Good)

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received. (Fav. and unfav. letters were about different issues)

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news. (Argument doesn’t say that such a relation exists)

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision. (And why he need to do so? Only because he got 50 fav. letters on another issue?)

Why not C) ?

There were 50 favorable letters and none of them talked favorably about "movie" and 10 unfavorable letters and all of them talked unfavorably about "movie" then it is strong reason that not many people liked "movie".
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22 Jul 2008, 06:55
Why not C? C only says he failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers. Those numbers for favorable were not about the movie reviews. The number of favorable/unfavorable is not a reason he's on unsound logic. The fact that he is believing some liked it without proof is the problem. He's received no letters saying people like the movie reviews, and only negatives. The presence of unfavorable opinions does not mean the presence of the opposite.

If I get 3 letters from people that hate me. It is not necessarily true that someone out there likes me. It is possible that every single person in the world hates me too.

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Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stations programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stations news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stations new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directors decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise.

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did.

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received.

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news.

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision.

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22 Jul 2008, 08:53
apurva1985 wrote:
Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stations programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stations news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stations new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directors decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise. -> this is quite generic clause.Again even if this were true it opposes what the director assumes.It says people more likely write letters of criticism than of praise which means.Again looking at the facts at hand 50 letters have come in praise of news and music.Hence this is not apt.

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did. -> this says just that he could not properly infer but why he could not is not stated here.and how? this is vague. Eliminate

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received. ->here apples should be compared to apples.he cannot compare fav and unfav letter counts of different programs. eliminate

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news. -> this is correct according to me.Actually he did not give a reason why he is thinking there must be willing listeners .Is it because of 50 fav comments on music/news.Hence he fails to take into account the anology /any kind of relation between the two.

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision.-> he cannot make his decision generic

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