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Debater: The average points scored per game

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Debater: The average points scored per game by a player on the starting roster of the New York Boomerangs is 12 points. Most players of the New York Boomerangs are on the starting roster. Furthermore, the average points scored per game by any player on the team generally does not fluctuate much from game to game. Therefore, each game, most players of the New York Boomerangs almost certainly score at least a few points.

The debater's argument is most vulnerable to criticism on which of these grounds?

(A)It takes for granted that the starting roster is representative of the overall team with regard to the average points scored per player each game.

(B)It takes for granted that if a certain average of points is scored each game by each player of the New York Boomerangs, then approximately the same amount of points must be scored in each game by each player of the starting roster.

(C)It confuses a claim from which the argument's conclusion about the New York Boomerangs would necessarily follow with a claim that would follow from the argument's conclusion only with a high degree of probability.

(D)It overlooks the possibility that even if, on average, a certain amount of points is scored by the members of some group, many members of that group may score no points at all.

(E)It overlooks the possibility that even if most players of the team score some points each game, any one team player may, in some games, score no points.
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Can anyone simplify C, D, and E?
I don't even understand what is said in C. D and E look same to me.
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Can anyone simplify C, D, and E?
I don't even understand what is said in C. D and E look same to me.


I agree that C is a total disaster. It's designed not to be correct but to completely wrap your brain in knots and is quite effective in doing so.

D & E do feel similar, but there are key differences based on some key words that are easily overlooked in the argument.

D is the correct answer and it points out that the argument starts by talking about the average of the group. The argument says that on average the starters score 12 points, but it doesn't say that all starters average 12 points. We could have some much higher than 12, some at 12 and some very near (or at) 0. Therefore the conclusion could be completely invalid because some of our starters may average 0 points per game.

E doesn't really open up additional criticism because the conclusion properly limits itself by saying "most players...almost certainly score...". Saying that some may not score at all in any game doesn't break that conclusion.

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There is a question about "a starting roster". A roster is the list of the players on a given team. The starting roster would be the list of the players who are playing at the "start" of the game. The people who are not on the starting roster would be available to come into the game in case of injury or to provide rest to the "starters".

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b2bt wrote:
Can anyone simplify C, D, and E?
I don't even understand what is said in C. D and E look same to me.


I agree that C is a total disaster. It's designed not to be correct but to completely wrap your brain in knots and is quite effective in doing so.

D & E do feel similar, but there are key differences based on some key words that are easily overlooked in the argument.

D is the correct answer and it points out that the argument starts by talking about the average of the group. The argument says that on average the starters score 12 points, but it doesn't say that all starters average 12 points. We could have some much higher than 12, some at 12 and some very near (or at) 0. Therefore the conclusion could be completely invalid because some of our starters may average 0 points per game.

E doesn't really open up additional criticism because the conclusion properly limits itself by saying "most players...almost certainly score...". Saying that some may not score at all in any game doesn't break that conclusion.

KW

Thanks Kyle, it's much clearer now. D talks about overlooking that many players might not score at all (which weakens the conclusion), and E talks about single player not scoring at all which is not the conclusion as it mentions 'most players'. Great exaplanation!
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If you want to read more about this "copy" of OG CR question you can read CR question 100 in OG 2015.
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