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Women make up a larger proportion of workers in the information services industry than they did ten years ago. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1985, only 7% of women in the workforce were employed in the information services industry, but in 1995 over 16% of women in the workforce were employed in the information services industry.

In evaluating the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1985 and 1995 with regard to which or the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women in the workforce who were not employed in the information services industry
(B) The percentage of women who are now retired who have worked in the information services industry
(C) The percentage of women who have been promoted to managerial positions within the information services industry
(D) The percentage of men in the workforce who were employed in the information services industry
(E) The percentage of men who will soon be eligible for employment in the information services industry
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18 Oct 2005, 12:43
I think D

We need to check if #womenIT/#(womenIT+menIT) has increased.
The 7% and 16% represent #womenIT/#womenALL
If we have #menIT/menALL, together with the given figures, it will be useful in evaluating the arrument
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18 Oct 2005, 12:45
I will choose B.

D and E is out of scope.
A is also not within the logic.

Between B and C I will pick B.
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18 Oct 2005, 12:50
i go for B...
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18 Oct 2005, 21:10
It is D.

women make up a larger proportion of workers (including both men and women). We need to know the percentage of men in the workforce in order to make a sound comparison.
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18 Oct 2005, 21:23
it is between B and D in my opinion

I would go for B

the problem with D is that it is impossible to know if the women represent a larger share or not. You don't know know how many men are working in this sector. Maybe only 1% of the men are working in this sector but maybe there was 5 times more men than women...we have now idea...the share can be totally different.
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18 Oct 2005, 22:22
I would choose B.
D and E are clearly out of scope, for the following reason.
1) We are only concerned with the % increase for women, so clearly men are out of scope.
C - managerial position is a subset within the information services industry, they would already be counted.
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18 Oct 2005, 23:44
go D go...
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19 Oct 2005, 03:05
I vote for (D).

Even though we can't know if the women represent a larger share or not, it would be useful to do (D).
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19 Oct 2005, 08:47
Antoine> remember you questioned a problem similiar to this justa couple of weeks ago. The answer should be D. Ill try to find another one like it in the archives.
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19 Oct 2005, 11:46
kimmyg wrote:
Women make up a larger proportion of workers in the information services industry than they did ten years ago. This is partly shown by the fact that in 1985, only 7% of women in the workforce were employed in the information services industry, but in 1995 over 16% of women in the workforce were employed in the information services industry.

In evaluating the argument above, it would be most useful to compare 1985 and 1995 with regard to which or the following characteristics?

(A) The percentage of women in the workforce who were not employed in the information services industry
(B) The percentage of women who are now retired who have worked in the information services industry
(C) The percentage of women who have been promoted to managerial positions within the information services industry
(D) The percentage of men in the workforce who were employed in the information services industry
(E) The percentage of men who will soon be eligible for employment in the information services industry

Conclusion: w/(w+m) is greater in 1995 than 1985.
Fact: w/W is greater in 1995 than 1985.

It could be that m/M is even more greater in 1995 than 1985. In other words, yes more women now work in this industry. (Say doubled.) But what if the industry has expanded (to say three times as before) and therefore there are even more men who work in this industry (definitely more than doubled to make the total size tripled)? This would mean women to men ration actually decreased. So you really need to look at what happened to men.

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19 Oct 2005, 12:32
Thanks HongHu and others for your explanations.

OA is D

I saw the other question on the forum so I'll know which answer to look for if a similar question pops up on G-day
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19 Oct 2005, 13:06
But at the end we are only talking in terms of %ages...& not base values for any to compare. How do we assume they hv increased.

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19 Oct 2005, 13:55
Yes, it is D because if the percentage of men rose, then there is no a larger proportion of women in the information services industry, nut rather a smaller proportion.
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19 Oct 2005, 18:37
GMATT73 wrote:
Antoine> remember you questioned a problem similiar to this justa couple of weeks ago. The answer should be D. Ill try to find another one like it in the archives.

Yep, I remember it but it still sounds strange to me. This CR is like the copy of the one you're talking about....anyway, seems I should study more

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