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Accountant: A fellow accountant recently sent me an e-mail of advice that featured Hofstadter’s Law, a maxim cautioning that a project always takes longer than one expects, even when one accounts for Hofstadter’s Law. With that precept in mind, I have revised my initial projection of the time required for my audit of our company’s foreign accounts from six months to eight months.

If the statements above are true, which of the following do they best support?

A)The audit will take less than the projected eight months.

B)The audit will take the projected eight months.

C)The audit will take more than the projected eight months.

D)The accountant has not accounted for Hofstadter’s Law.

E) The audit is unlikely to be accurate.
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The stem tells us "a project always takes longer than one expects, even when one accounts for Hofstadter’s Law." So even when the accountant revises the projection to 8 months to account for Hofstadter's Law, the project will still take longer than he or she expects, and C is the answer.
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What is the error in D?
My reasoning is
if the accountant accounted for that law he would not have set a time limit for a project as whatever time limit he sets time to require to complete project will always be more than that

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What is the error in D?
My reasoning is
if the accountant accounted for that law he would not have set a time limit for a project as whatever time limit he sets time to require to complete project will always be more than that


The passage didn't mention any information indicated that the accountant has not accounted for Hofstadter’s Law
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oohhhh yes i made a stupid mistake....this helped thank you so much

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What is the error in D?
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if the accountant accounted for that law he would not have set a time limit for a project as whatever time limit he sets time to require to complete project will always be more than that


I think you actually have a good point - rereading the problem, I think the question designer wants the answer to be C, but as the question is written, D is probably the most logical answer. There's a problem with the way the question is written, at least if C is meant to be right. The question stem says "if the statements above are true..." Well the two "statements above" are that "I received an email telling me something" and "I have revised my estimate". Hofstadter's Law itself is not one of the "statements" in the stem, so the question never tells us to assume the Law is a fact. That's a bit of a subtle point, but if a question began:

"Someone told me my bus will be late. If this statement is true..."

then the statement we're being asked to assume is true is that someone told me something about my bus. We're not being told one way or the other if the bus will actually be late - what the person told me could be right or wrong.

For C to be the correct answer, we need to assume Hofstadter's Law is a true fact. I think that's exactly what the question designer intended when they wrote the question, but interpreting the wording literally, that's not what the question says. And if we take the question literally, D then becomes a decent answer, and a very good answer if you insert the word "correctly": "The accountant has not correctly accounted for Hofstadter’s Law" is the right answer here, because had the accountant correctly accounted for the Law, he or she could only have said "the project will take longer than 8 months".
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guerrero25 wrote:
Accountant: A fellow accountant recently sent me an e-mail of advice that featured Hofstadter’s Law, a maxim cautioning that a project always takes longer than one expects, even when one accounts for Hofstadter’s Law. With that precept in mind, I have revised my initial projection of the time required for my audit of our company’s foreign accounts from six months to eight months.

If the statements above are true, which of the following do they best support?

A)The audit will take less than the projected eight months.

B)The audit will take the projected eight months.

C)The audit will take more than the projected eight months.

D)The accountant has not accounted for Hofstadter’s Law.

E) The audit is unlikely to be accurate.


This question is a little bit tricky, or rather tries to obfuscate the readers. What the stimulus is basically saying is that even when you assume the worst and plan out more time to do a project, the project STILL will take longer then what you anticipate after considering potential delays. So I want to get an MBA and I initially think it will take a year, but then I consider H'S law and realize hey okay realistically it'll probably take 1.5 years then I would still be wrong because H's Law states that even after readjusting plans you still lack a realistic concept of how long something will take.

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guerrero25 wrote:
Accountant: A fellow accountant recently sent me an e-mail of advice that featured Hofstadter’s Law, a maxim cautioning that a project always takes longer than one expects, even when one accounts for Hofstadter’s Law. With that precept in mind, I have revised my initial projection of the time required for my audit of our company’s foreign accounts from six months to eight months.

If the statements above are true, which of the following do they best support?

A)The audit will take less than the projected eight months.

B)The audit will take the projected eight months.

C)The audit will take more than the projected eight months.

D)The accountant has not accounted for Hofstadter’s Law.

E) The audit is unlikely to be accurate.



The statement "a maxim cautioning that a project always takes longer than one expects, even when one accounts for Hofstadter’s Law"
suggests that even if the accountant took Hofstadter’s law into consideration the audit will still take more time than projected(8 months)

therefore, answer is C 8-)

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