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I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  15 Mar 2010, 21:01
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Hi
Please try and answer this CR question. I am not able to apply correct logic. I am not really convinced with the answer key.

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Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  15 Mar 2010, 22:50
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Please try and answer this CR question. I am not able to apply correct logic. I am not really convinced with the answer key.

Question
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

will go with B -peak travel time -more accidents - hence more media coverage
A and D - do not weaken the argument
C and E - irrelevant
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  15 Mar 2010, 22:54
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  15 Mar 2010, 23:29
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tanvid wrote:
Hi
Please try and answer this CR question. I am not able to apply correct logic. I am not really convinced with the answer key.

Question
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

will go with B -peak travel time -more accidents - hence more media coverage
A and D - do not weaken the argument
C and E - irrelevant

how come C is irrelevant. If news cant decide which accidents shud get coverage, that means that all the accidents are getting news coverage implying that the number of news and no of accidents is the same.
Pl correct if wrong
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  15 Mar 2010, 23:51
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tanvid wrote:
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tanvid wrote:
Hi
Please try and answer this CR question. I am not able to apply correct logic. I am not really convinced with the answer key.

Question
Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Which of the following, if true, would seriously weaken the assertions of the airline officials?

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.

will go with B -peak travel time -more accidents - hence more media coverage
A and D - do not weaken the argument
C and E - irrelevant

how come C is irrelevant. If news cant decide which accidents shud get coverage, that means that all the accidents are getting news coverage implying that the number of news and no of accidents is the same.
Pl correct if wrong

my take is that guidelines should be from Aviation team to decide the severity of accidents and not that of the news channels so news channel guidelines become irrelevant as they may start covering every small problem reported
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  16 Mar 2010, 07:48
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  18 Mar 2010, 17:13
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Hey Tanvid et. al.,

There seems to be enough confusion surrounding this to merit the full MGMAT treatment. So let's do it!

Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Conclusion: Increase in reported accidents caused by increased media attention, not increased accidents
Premises: After major accident, dramatic increase in reported accidents
Assumption: There's not some other reason accidents may increase

This question fits nicely into a category we call "Eliminate alternate causes", in which case the assumption is always that there isn't some other cause. All we need to do is weaken that assumption, and we're good to go.

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
PROBLEM: This doesn't change any of the facts as we know them. All we care about is the inarguable fact that reporting goes up after a major accident. It doesn't matter where.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
ANSWER: This explains why there might be lots of accidents that arrive in groups: because of peak travel times. This means it actually is more accidents causing the increased coverage.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
PROBLEM: This means that reportage might be a bit arbitrary, but like answer choice A, it doesn't change the facts. We want to know WHY reporting of accidents goes up. To say that there is no guideline to connect severity to newsworthiness does NOTHING to address the issue of why reportage goes up after a major accident.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
PROBLEM: Still, we don't know WHY they would find it advantageous to report more airplane accidents at some time than at others, so this doesn't help us.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
PROBLEM: This actually strengthens the argument. If flight miles are constant, it wouldn't make sense for there to be more accidents at one time than another, so it must just be a question of reportage.

Hope that helps!

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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  18 Mar 2010, 21:39
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Tanvid et. al.,

There seems to be enough confusion surrounding this to merit the full MGMAT treatment. So let's do it!

Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Conclusion: Increase in reported accidents caused by increased media attention, not increased accidents
Premises: After major accident, dramatic increase in reported accidents
Assumption: There's not some other reason accidents may increase

This question fits nicely into a category we call "Eliminate alternate causes", in which case the assumption is always that there isn't some other cause. All we need to do is weaken that assumption, and we're good to go.

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
PROBLEM: This doesn't change any of the facts as we know them. All we care about is the inarguable fact that reporting goes up after a major accident. It doesn't matter where.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
ANSWER: This explains why there might be lots of accidents that arrive in groups: because of peak travel times. This means it actually is more accidents causing the increased coverage.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
PROBLEM: This means that reportage might be a bit arbitrary, but like answer choice A, it doesn't change the facts. We want to know WHY reporting of accidents goes up. To say that there is no guideline to connect severity to newsworthiness does NOTHING to address the issue of why reportage goes up after a major accident.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
PROBLEM: Still, we don't know WHY they would find it advantageous to report more airplane accidents at some time than at others, so this doesn't help us.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
PROBLEM: This actually strengthens the argument. If flight miles are constant, it wouldn't make sense for there to be more accidents at one time than another, so it must just be a question of reportage.

Hope that helps!

-t

Its very clear now. Thanks a lot
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  19 Mar 2010, 12:43
Nice explanation.

TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Tanvid et. al.,

There seems to be enough confusion surrounding this to merit the full MGMAT treatment. So let's do it!

Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Conclusion: Increase in reported accidents caused by increased media attention, not increased accidents
Premises: After major accident, dramatic increase in reported accidents
Assumption: There's not some other reason accidents may increase

This question fits nicely into a category we call "Eliminate alternate causes", in which case the assumption is always that there isn't some other cause. All we need to do is weaken that assumption, and we're good to go.

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
PROBLEM: This doesn't change any of the facts as we know them. All we care about is the inarguable fact that reporting goes up after a major accident. It doesn't matter where.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
ANSWER: This explains why there might be lots of accidents that arrive in groups: because of peak travel times. This means it actually is more accidents causing the increased coverage.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
PROBLEM: This means that reportage might be a bit arbitrary, but like answer choice A, it doesn't change the facts. We want to know WHY reporting of accidents goes up. To say that there is no guideline to connect severity to newsworthiness does NOTHING to address the issue of why reportage goes up after a major accident.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
PROBLEM: Still, we don't know WHY they would find it advantageous to report more airplane accidents at some time than at others, so this doesn't help us.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
PROBLEM: This actually strengthens the argument. If flight miles are constant, it wouldn't make sense for there to be more accidents at one time than another, so it must just be a question of reportage.

Hope that helps!

-t

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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  22 Dec 2010, 09:12
definitely B
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  23 Dec 2010, 02:53
TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Tanvid et. al.,

There seems to be enough confusion surrounding this to merit the full MGMAT treatment. So let's do it!

Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Conclusion: Increase in reported accidents caused by increased media attention, not increased accidents
Premises: After major accident, dramatic increase in reported accidents
Assumption: There's not some other reason accidents may increase

This question fits nicely into a category we call "Eliminate alternate causes", in which case the assumption is always that there isn't some other cause. All we need to do is weaken that assumption, and we're good to go.

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
PROBLEM: This doesn't change any of the facts as we know them. All we care about is the inarguable fact that reporting goes up after a major accident. It doesn't matter where.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
ANSWER: This explains why there might be lots of accidents that arrive in groups: because of peak travel times. This means it actually is more accidents causing the increased coverage.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
PROBLEM: This means that reportage might be a bit arbitrary, but like answer choice A, it doesn't change the facts. We want to know WHY reporting of accidents goes up. To say that there is no guideline to connect severity to newsworthiness does NOTHING to address the issue of why reportage goes up after a major accident.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
PROBLEM: Still, we don't know WHY they would find it advantageous to report more airplane accidents at some time than at others, so this doesn't help us.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
PROBLEM: This actually strengthens the argument. If flight miles are constant, it wouldn't make sense for there to be more accidents at one time than another, so it must just be a question of reportage.

Hope that helps!

-t

In C If the newschannels start reporting even minor air mishaps which they used to ignore earlier , the number os mishaps that are reported increases.What s wrong with this ciewpoint?
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  03 Mar 2011, 23:20
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TommyWallach wrote:
Hey Tanvid et. al.,

There seems to be enough confusion surrounding this to merit the full MGMAT treatment. So let's do it!

Whenever a major airplane accident occurs, there is a dramatic increase in the number of airplane mishaps reported in the media, a phenomenon that may last for as long as a few months after the accident. Airline officials assert that the publicity given the gruesomeness of major airplane accidents focuses media attention on the airline industry, and the increase in the number of reported accidents is caused by an increase in the number of news sources covering airline accidents, not by an increase in the number of accidents.

Conclusion: Increase in reported accidents caused by increased media attention, not increased accidents
Premises: After major accident, dramatic increase in reported accidents
Assumption: There's not some other reason accidents may increase

This question fits nicely into a category we call "Eliminate alternate causes", in which case the assumption is always that there isn't some other cause. All we need to do is weaken that assumption, and we're good to go.

A. The publicity surrounding airline accidents is largely limited to the country in which the crash occurred.
PROBLEM: This doesn't change any of the facts as we know them. All we care about is the inarguable fact that reporting goes up after a major accident. It doesn't matter where.

B. Airline accidents tend to occur far more often during certain peak travel months.
ANSWER: This explains why there might be lots of accidents that arrive in groups: because of peak travel times. This means it actually is more accidents causing the increased coverage.

C. News organizations do not have any guidelines to help them decide how severe an accident must be for it to receive coverage.
PROBLEM: This means that reportage might be a bit arbitrary, but like answer choice A, it doesn't change the facts. We want to know WHY reporting of accidents goes up. To say that there is no guideline to connect severity to newsworthiness does NOTHING to address the issue of why reportage goes up after a major accident.

D. Airplane accidents receive coverage by news sources only when the news sources find it advantageous to do so.
PROBLEM: Still, we don't know WHY they would find it advantageous to report more airplane accidents at some time than at others, so this doesn't help us.

E. Studies by government regulations show that the number of airplane flight miles remains relatively constant from month to month.
PROBLEM: This actually strengthens the argument. If flight miles are constant, it wouldn't make sense for there to be more accidents at one time than another, so it must just be a question of reportage.

Hope that helps!

-t

In C If the newschannels start reporting even minor air mishaps which they used to ignore earlier , the number os mishaps that are reported increases.What s wrong with this ciewpoint?

Simply "News organizations do not have access to infomation" in choice C does not influence the assertion made by the officials that :"airplane mishaps were not caused by an increase in the number of accidents".
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  03 Mar 2011, 23:27
The reversal in causality said it all. when X-> Y needs to be weakened, first look for Y->X.
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  30 Apr 2011, 00:54
@ mgmat instructor, i still find your reasons for rejecting C and D debatable. but yes B makes more sense.
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  30 Apr 2011, 01:30
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@ mgmat instructor, i still find your reasons for rejecting C and D debatable. but yes B makes more sense.
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  01 May 2011, 12:19
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  03 May 2011, 10:24
There is one similar post.
The president of a consulting firm analyzed the decisions made about marketing by her clients and concluded that the decisions were correct only about half of the time.

The conclusion above depends on the presupposition that

(A) companies can be successful even when about half of the decisions they make about marketing prove to be wrong

(B) companies hiring her consulting firm make no more incorrect marketing decisions than do companies in general

(C) executives consistently making correct marketing decisions rarely enlist the aid of a consulting firm

(D) marketing decision are just as likely to be correct as they are to be incorrect

(E) it is possible to classify a marketing decision properly as being either right or wrong

I am not able to understand why D is incorrect as the OA is E.
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Re: I do not agree with answer to CR Question [#permalink]  05 May 2011, 23:05
Among B,C and D.

D actually strengthens the conclusion that the media is doing for their advantage. POE.

C No guidelines for coverage gives a slight hint that the accidents may be actually occurring instead. This is a slight over assumption.

B gives clearly that the accidents are actually happening.

However its a tough call between B and C.

E is more of an assumption answer choice removing the distance factor.
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