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# A literature department at a small university in an English-speaking

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Hi - How long to solve this problem ?

Can this really be solved within 3 - 4 mins ...Took me 3 mins just to get a grasp of the entire picture ...

Thoughts ?
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jabhatta2 wrote:
Hi - How long to solve this problem ?

Can this really be solved within 3 - 4 mins ...Took me 3 mins just to get a grasp of the entire picture ...

Thoughts ?

Dear jabhatta2
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A quick way to solve this problem:

The most penalized group is (male and English speaking) - The only person is LongFellow
The most welcomed group is (female and other countries) - The only person is Murasaki (There is French too but it is already in the group).

Either day: Murasaki (female, Japanese, Japan)
Neither Day: Longfellow (male, English, USA)
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1. Five writers will be featured each day.
2. To reflect the department's strengths, the majority of writers scheduled for one of the days will be writers whose primary writing language is not English.
So, on one day, the primary writing language of at least 3 writers will be non-English.

3. On the other day of the festival, at least four of the writers will be women.

When I scanned the tables for of the two days, I noticed Day 1's table has 3 females and 1 male. Day 2 has 2 females and 2 males. So, the day with at least four women writers would have to be Day 1. And the person who needs to be added to Day 1 would have to be female.

Thus, the other day - Day 2 - would have at least 3 non-English writers. Currently, in the table there are 2 non-English writers. So, the last one to be added would also need to be non-English.

Either day
The person would need to be female and non-English.

That brings us to

Murasaki (female, Japanese, Japan)
and
Colette (female, French, France)

Now we'll need the following piece of info:

Point 4. Neither day should have more than two writers from the same country.

The French lady (Colette) won't work for Day 1. Day 1 already has two writers from France.

So, Either: Murasaki (female, Japanese, Japan)

Neither day
Neither day means that the person should not eligible for Day 1 and not eligible for Day 2. Any person who is male and writes in English will not work for either day. If I don't find a person who is both male and an English writer, then I'll consider point 4 about more than two writers from the same country.

Longfellow (male, English, USA) is male and writes primarily in English. Anyway he will not work for either day. I don't need to consider point 4.

Neither: Longfellow (male, English, USA)

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1. Five writers will be featured each day.
2. To reflect the department's strengths, the majority of writers scheduled for one of the days will be writers whose primary writing language is not English.
So, on one day, the primary writing language of at least 3 writers will be non-English.

3. On the other day of the festival, at least four of the writers will be women.

Neither day
Neither day means that the person should not eligible for Day 1 and not eligible for Day 2. Any person who is male and writes in English will not work for either day. If I don't find a person who is both male and an English writer, then I'll consider point 4 about more than two writers from the same country.

Longfellow (male, English, USA) is male and writes primarily in English. Anyway he will not work for either day. I don't need to consider point 4.

Neither: Longfellow (male, English, USA)
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­My understanding for neither is the writer cannot be male and a 3rd writer with same language & country aka "Neither day should have more than two writers from the same country". Keeping this in mind, both Longfellow and Zola are equal contendors.
Longfellow cannot be as his language is English (day 1) with different country and male (day 2).
Zola cannot be as he is French (day 1) and male (day 2).
Both should equally qualify for Neither days strictly speaking.­

So why is Longfellow that final answer? Is it solely because of English? What about the criteria of not more than 2 from the same country?
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I believe that the final answer is Longfellow because comparing Zola and Longfellow we have the following situations:

1. Zola is M and French. In Day 1, we have a majority of France, which is not accepted.
2. On day 2, Zola will provide the Male majority, which is not accepted.

BUT

On day 1, Women are the Majority, so it is not more of a condition for day 2. So, adding Zola on day 2, will not violate one of the conditions. For this reason, Zola can be added on day 2 with no problem.

For this reason, only Longfellow can't be added either day.

Well, this is my point of view. Hope this clarifies and help!
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AnishPassi wrote:
1. Five writers will be featured each day.
2. To reflect the department's strengths, the majority of writers scheduled for one of the days will be writers whose primary writing language is not English.
So, on one day, the primary writing language of at least 3 writers will be non-English.

3. On the other day of the festival, at least four of the writers will be women.

Neither day
Neither day means that the person should not eligible for Day 1 and not eligible for Day 2. Any person who is male and writes in English will not work for either day. If I don't find a person who is both male and an English writer, then I'll consider point 4 about more than two writers from the same country.

Longfellow (male, English, USA) is male and writes primarily in English. Anyway he will not work for either day. I don't need to consider point 4.

Neither: Longfellow (male, English, USA)
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­My understanding for neither is the writer cannot be male and a 3rd writer with same language & country aka "Neither day should have more than two writers from the same country". Keeping this in mind, both Longfellow and Zola are equal contendors.
Longfellow cannot be as his language is English (day 1) with different country and male (day 2).
Zola cannot be as he is French (day 1) and male (day 2).
Both should equally qualify for Neither days strictly speaking.­

So why is Longfellow that final answer? Is it solely because of English? What about the criteria of not more than 2 from the same country?

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