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Detective: Because the embezzler must have had specialized knowledge and access to internal financial records, we can presume that the embezzler worked for XYZ Corp as either an accountant or an actuary. But an accountant would probably not make the kind of mistakes in ledger entries that led to the discovery of the embezzlement. Thus it is likely the the embezzler is one of the actuaries.

Each of the following weakens the the detective's argument EXCEPT:

A. The actuaries' activities while working for XYZ corp were more closely scrutinized by supervisors than were the activities of accountants.
B. There is evidence of breaches in computer security at the time of embezzlement that could have given persons outside XYZ access to internal financial record.
C. XYZ employs 8 accountants whereas it has only 2 actuaries on it's staff.
D. An independent report released before the crime took place concluded that XYZ was vulnerable to embezzlement.
E. Certain security measures at XYZ made it more difficult for the actuaries to have access to internal financial records than for the accountants
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22 May 2012, 01:42
D
the option does not have any effect on the conclusion ie . It neither supports nor weakens the conclusion.

Hope that helps!!!:D

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22 May 2012, 01:54
What about B that also effects neither the actuaries nor the accountants so isn't it a bit similar to D in reasoning?

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22 May 2012, 02:06
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the option does not have any effect on the conclusion ie . It neither supports nor weakens the conclusion.

Hope that helps!!!:D

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which is not weakening = has no effect? can't it be supporting?

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22 May 2012, 04:39
IMO it should be C. the number of accountants or actuaries has no impact on the case. An independent assessment says vulnerable to embezzlement could also mean from external sources. what say guys why do you think C is wrong?

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22 May 2012, 04:43
ok my analysis of the arg is :
Conclusion: actuaries did the embezzlement and not accountants. premise ledger entries were flawed.
A: actuaries scrutinized more so means it was difficult for them to embezzle. Weakens
B: says the breach was external means actuaries are not responsible. weakens
C: IMO right answer
D: independent assessment says system vulnerable - (may be external threats )
E: it was not possible for actuaries to access data - weakens

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22 May 2012, 04:58
I chose C and got it wrong but now when I think about it perhaps C does weaken the argument a 'little'.
The argument states that it is likely that the culprit is an actuary. However if all else is equal, statement C tells us that the likelihood of the culprit being an accountant is higher because there are more of them.
Basically, C weakens the argument by bringing in a new idea, not by attacking the authors assumptions.

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22 May 2012, 20:07
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I think this question stem is not up to GMAT standards. I mean for both options C&D. We are assuming things not mentioned in the answer options.

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22 May 2012, 22:23
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A. Weakens the arguement
B. Accountants are considered insiders who have access to financial records whereas Actuaries are considered outsiders - weakens the arguement
C.8 accountants, 2 actuaries - Numbers dont necessarily mean that 2 Actuaries cannot commit the crime. - Doubtful option
D. Neutral stand - Does not qualify to have a positive or negative stand
E. Weakens the arguement.

Can be between C and D.

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22 May 2012, 22:42
+1 D

Choice D doesn't provide information about who would be more likely of being guilty.
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08 Jul 2012, 19:33
+1 D.

That option supports neither accountants nor actuaries.

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28 Feb 2013, 22:43
Just want to clear some air regarding the option (C).

Conclusion mentions "likely" ,which means probability.Therefore, if the number of actuary is less than the number of accountants then actuary is less likely the culprit.

Well that will help surely
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TGC wrote:
Just want to clear some air regarding the option (C).

Conclusion mentions "likely" ,which means probability.Therefore, if the number of actuary is less than the number of accountants then actuary is less likely the culprit.

Well that will help surely

a good perspective.

however, I guess a smaller probability does not mean zero probability, that said, it also will happen.

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17 May 2015, 06:46
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Detective: Because the embezzler must have had specialized knowledge and access to internal financial records, we can presume that the embezzler worked for XYZ Corp as either an accountant or an actuary. But an accountant would probably not make the kind of mistakes in ledger entries that led to the discovery of the embezzlement. Thus it is likely the the embezzler is one of the actuaries.

Each of the following weakens the the detective's argument EXCEPT:

A. The actuaries' activities while working for XYZ corp were more closely scrutinized by supervisors than were the activities of accountants.
B. There is evidence of breaches in computer security at the time of embezzlement that could have given persons outside XYZ access to internal financial record.
C. XYZ employs 8 accountants whereas it has only 2 actuaries on it's staff.
D. An independent report released before the crime took place concluded that XYZ was vulnerable to embezzlement.
E. Certain security measures at XYZ made it more difficult for the actuaries to have access to internal financial records than for the accountants

D- no effect.
Earlier I thought Oa to be C but C eliminates are no other groups are present.Thus,ACTUARIES ARE RESPONSIBLE.

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02 Dec 2016, 14:25
C clearly doesn't weaken the argument.
D says that it is possible for an external breaching...
since the source of this question is doubtful...i would suggest ignoring this question.

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09 Dec 2016, 22:53
Experts please give the correct option C or D

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Conclusion: One of the actuaries is embezzler.
To weaken we need to show that actuaries are not embezzler.

This is an EXCEPTION question. So, we need to find out one option, which does not weaken the conclusion.

A. The actuaries' activities while working for XYZ corp were more closely scrutinized by supervisors than were the activities of accountants. So, p(actuaries)<p(accountants). Therefore, actuaries may not be embezzler
B. There is evidence of breaches in computer security at the time of embezzlement that could have given persons outside XYZ access to internal financial record. Third party may embezzle. So, actuaries may no be embezzler
C. XYZ employs 8 accountants whereas it has only 2 actuaries on it's staff. So, p(actuaries)<p(accountants). Therefore, same as A.
D. An independent report released before the crime took place concluded that XYZ was vulnerable to embezzlement. Nothing is said about the probability of individual profession. It does not say whether actuaries are embezzler. So, no impact on the conclusion. Correct answer.
E. Certain security measures at XYZ made it more difficult for the actuaries to have access to internal financial records than for the accountants. So, p(actuaries)<p(accountants) and same as A
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02 Sep 2017, 06:06
I chose C and rejected D because I thought if its vulnerable to embezzlement thn some outsider might have done that. Please explain why my reasoning is wrong

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10 Sep 2017, 00:14
Hello expert,

please explain why answer is option d?

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10 Sep 2017, 08:43
aksh5900 wrote:
I chose C and rejected D because I thought if its vulnerable to embezzlement thn some outsider might have done that. Please explain why my reasoning is wrong

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D. An independent report released before the crime took place concluded that XYZ was vulnerable to embezzlement.

Choice (D) only says that XYZ is vulnerable to embezzlement and does not suggest whether this embezzlement would come from the outside or from the inside. For example, XYZ could still be considered vulnerable to embezzlement even if that embezzlement is only likely to come from the inside. Thus, Choice (D) does not weaken the argument on its own.
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