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# Background information: This year, each film submitted to

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Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact I : Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.

Fact II : The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true can account for fact I and fact II both being true of the submissions to this year's Barbizon Film Festival?

A, In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers , and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondinly low rates of acceptance.

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14 Jul 2009, 09:59
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E also here.

A) The judges have no relevance here.
B) The number of films is irrelevant b/c the argument specifically talks about rates of acceptance.
C) Past acceptance rates have nothing to do with this year’s acceptance rates
D) This doesn’t explain the apparent contradiction. We are told the acceptance rate in each category does happen to be equal for both foreign and domestic.
E) This makes sense. Imagine the following scenario:

Category: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Foreign: 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic: 5% 5% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

In the above scenario, both statements can be true. Within each category where foreign and domestic films were submitted, the acceptance rate is the same (Fact 1). However, imagine that no foreign films were submitted for categories 3 – 10 and domestic films were submitted across all categories. The overall acceptance rate of domestic films would be higher (Fact 2).
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15 Jun 2008, 22:55
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E.
The key is correctly interpret " the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films"

No. of Dom. Films Accp./Total No. Dom films applied = Rate of Acceptance of Dom. Films.
No. of For. Films Accp./Total No. For. films applied = Rate of Acceptance of For. Films.

E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondinly low rates of acceptance.

The maximum of foreign films were submitted to categories of high prestige. (ROA)F in High Prestige Category was lower than than (ROA)F in Non-High Prestige Category , where the Foreign films were not submitted in big numbers. So. in Non-High Prestige category where the (ROA)F was high the number were low. Also, within a category (ROA)F=(ROA)D.

Conclusion can be , Domestics films were applied in big numbers in Non-High Prestige section where the Number of selected must have been high to equal the ROA with Foreign films.

And any ways, only option E has a logical link to the conclusion. All the options except E seems not much relevant for the answer.
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15 Jun 2008, 23:01
E for me

Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondinly low rates of acceptance.

This shows most domestic films were submitted in categories with high rates of acceptance.

Good explanation by hunggmat +1
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16 Jun 2008, 20:03
Answer choice B. In this resolve the paradox questions, the condition when the number of domestic film is higher than the foriegn films, both- Fact 1 and Fact 2 hold true.
ChoiceA & E is contrary to the thought expressed in fact 1. C is irrelevant. D is close option, however only when the number of the domestic films are greater than the foreign films, the condition will hold true. Hence B.
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16 Jun 2008, 20:05
B.
Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival
Assuming total 100 films,10 per category,to be selected from 200 domestic films and 50 foreign films, distributed evenly in 10 categories.
Apply to fact 1 and 2.
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Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.

Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this yearâ€™s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

E for me.

If most foreign films were submitted to the low acceptance categories, unlike domestic films, then this accounts for the overall low rate for foreign films while still maintaining that domestic rate equal foreign in each category.

for sake of simplicity we have 100 foreign and 100 domestic films. There are 5 high acceptance(20%) and 5 low acceptance categories(10%).

80 foreign films were nominated in the 5 low acceptance groups evenly, 16 each, 10% means just under 1.6 film per category, so in all 8 foreign films.
and say 20 domestic films were nominated in these categories evenly. 4 each and 10% would mean 0.4 films per cat and total of 2 domestic films.

For the high category, we have 80(16 in each) domestic and 20(4 in each) foreign films. 20 % would mean around 16 total domestic and 4 total foreign.

Total domestic - 18
Total Foreign - 12

Overall Domestic > Overall Foreign.

The numbers are jumbled up but I guess we get the picture.
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Updated on: 17 Jun 2008, 00:34
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the rate of acceptance = no of films accepted / total no of films.

now we know that overall rate of acceptance for domestic films was higher than foreign films. So we have two cases,

if equal numbers of total domestic and foreign films were submitted, Number of domestic films accepted was higher -> there were more doemstic films in high acceptance categories.

If total no of films accepted was same for domestic and foreign films, then total number of films must be lower for doemstic as compared to foreign. with lower total number, domestic films still managed to get equal numbers of acceptance -> there were more domestic films in high accptance categories.

Option E.

PS : a very good maths DS question can be made using this logic.

Originally posted by durgesh79 on 16 Jun 2008, 22:02.
Last edited by durgesh79 on 17 Jun 2008, 00:34, edited 1 time in total.
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17 Jun 2008, 00:22
I believe B is the best answer. When acceptance rate is same , then the higher no of domestic films being submitted must be the reason.
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17 Jun 2008, 00:54
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goalsnr wrote:
Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.

Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this yearâ€™s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

i will go for E

i will use the following as an example. Lets say there are 3 categories, A, B , C and C is tough to get accepted into

A. 10 foreign films submitted, 5 accepted. 100 local films submitted, 50 accepted, rate = 50%
B. 30 ff 10 accepted, 60 lf, 20 accepted , rate = 33%
C. 1000 ff submitted , 10 accepted, 100 localfilms submitted, 1 accepted, rate = 1%

totals: total of 1040 ff submitted, 25 accepted, rate = 2500/1040 %
total of 260 lf submitted, 80 accepted, rate = 8000/260 %
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17 Jun 2008, 01:58
B for me...
whats the OA???
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18 Jun 2008, 12:39
I think this was discussed earlier...but E it is..
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19 Jun 2008, 05:35
tending to E ..... big gmat god..... please enlight us
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tending to E ..... big gmat god..... please enlight us

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19 Jun 2008, 17:42
Good explanation Sunny and Durgesh!!

OA is E
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20 Jun 2008, 02:36
goalsnr wrote:
Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.

Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this yearâ€™s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

I got B.
If more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival therefore it explains why the overall rate of acceptance for domestic films was higher than that of foreign films.

For example 100 domestic films and 50 foreign films were submitted in each category. in each category 50 domestic films were selected (50%) and 25 foreign films were selected(50%).

However overall 50 accepted domestic films in each category x 10 categories = 500 versus 25 accepted foreign films in each category x 10 categories = 250. So even though they both have a 50% accepted rate, more domestic films were accepted in comaprison to foreign films.
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20 Jun 2008, 02:48
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goalsnr wrote:
Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.

Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this yearâ€™s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

I got B.
If more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival therefore it explains why the overall rate of acceptance for domestic films was higher than that of foreign films.

For example 100 domestic films and 50 foreign films were submitted in each category. in each category 50 domestic films were selected (50%) and 25 foreign films were selected(50%).

However overall 50 accepted domestic films in each category x 10 categories = 500 versus 25 accepted foreign films in each category x 10 categories = 250. So even though they both have a 50% accepted rate, more domestic films were accepted in comaprison to foreign films.

I know see where I went wrong . Good question.
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Background information: This year, each film submitted to the Barbizon Film Festival was submitted in one of ten categories. For each category, there was a panel that decided which submitted films to accept.

Fact 1: Within each category, the rate of acceptance for domestic films was the same as that for foreign films.
Fact 2: The overall rate of acceptance of domestic films was significantly higher than that of foreign films.

In light of the background information, which of the following, if true, can account for fact 1 and fact 2 both being true of the submissions to this year’s Barbizon Film Festival?

A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.
B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the festival.
C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.
D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that of domestic films.
E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.
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A. In each category, the selection panel was composed of filmmakers, and some
selection panels included no foreign filmmakers.

It introduces new info which is irrelevant.

B. Significantly more domestic films than foreign films were submitted to the
festival.

MAYBE. if the rate of acceptance is the same but there are more domestic films than foreign then more consideration.

C. In each of the past three years, the overall acceptance rate was higher for foreign
than for domestic films, an outcome that had upset some domestic filmmakers.

irrelevant info.

D. The number of films to be selected in each category was predetermined, but in no
category was it required that the acceptance rate of foreign films should equal that
of domestic films.

fact is equal acceptance.

E. Most foreign films, unlike most domestic films, were submitted in categories with
high prestige, but with correspondingly low rates of acceptance.

HIGH MAYBE. It clearly states that the most foreign films are in contention for high awards - the low rates of acceptance should be THE SAME to both domestic and foreign (due to fact 1).

I pick E because it is more clearer than B since B never said the acceptance rate like E did here....
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E also here.

A) The judges have no relevance here.
B) The number of films is irrelevant b/c the argument specifically talks about rates of acceptance.
C) Past acceptance rates have nothing to do with this year’s acceptance rates
D) This doesn’t explain the apparent contradiction. We are told the acceptance rate in each category does happen to be equal for both foreign and domestic.
E) This makes sense. Imagine the following scenario:

Category: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Foreign: 5% 5% N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Domestic: 5% 5% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20% 20%

In the above scenario, both statements can be true. Within each category where foreign and domestic films were submitted, the acceptance rate is the same (Fact 1). However, imagine that no foreign films were submitted for categories 3 – 10 and domestic films were submitted across all categories. The overall acceptance rate of domestic films would be higher (Fact 2).

Great explanation Topher.
OA is E
+1 for you
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