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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our articles, but surprisingly there is good reason to believe that the word count it provides is inaccurate. Several times when an article's words were carefully counted by our most reliable copy editor, the resulting count differed from the count the computer gave

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?
A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses
B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself
C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately
D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring
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D. Both count it right and the same way - still a discrepancy.

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Will choose D as my answer choice

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D. Well, the editor assumes that hie copy editor's word count is right.
Editor uses the Copy Editor's answer as a refernce to compare the word count of the computer.
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D for me too but I am 99% sure OA is something else...

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I am coming up with B.

If the error was a result of the computer's malfunction, then it is possible to correct the computer and the argument falls apart.

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OA is D
B is confusing but if you assume B, how can you say that it is computers which failed? If computers do not malfunction, this could cast doubt into the reliablity of editors
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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our articles, but surprisingly there is good reason to believe that the word count it provides is inaccurate. Several times when an article's words were carefully counted by our most reliable copy editor, the resulting count differed from the count the computer gave

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?

A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses
B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself
C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately
D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring
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Let’s look at the relevant information to solve this question:
Premise: Both computer and most reliable copy editor counted the words in an article and the counts are different.
Conclusion: the computer is inaccurate.
We need to question that "why couldn't the human editor be wrong?” .So any assumption pointing in this direction will be the correct answer.

Now choice D) (a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count) says exactly what we mentioned above and hence is the correct answer.
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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our articles, but surprisingly there is good reason to believe that the word count it provides is inaccurate. Several times when an article's words were carefully counted by our most reliable copy editor, the resulting count differed from the count the computer gave

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?

A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses
B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself
C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately
D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring


IMO, D is correct.

If we negate D, the conclusion is not hold.
Conclusion: computer provides word count inaccurate (because the resulting count differed from the count the copy editor gave)
Assumption: the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
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Editor: We use the computer to check the length of our articles, but surprisingly there is good reason to believe that the word count it provides is inaccurate. Several times when an article's words were carefully counted by our most reliable copy editor, the resulting count differed from the count the computer gave

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?

A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses
B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself
C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately
D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count
E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring



Given Argument: Word count provided by a computer and a reliable copy editor differ frequently. So the count given by computer is incorrect.

Option A: the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses.
If this is correct, then the copy editor could have been asked to count with the same criteria in mind so that they can actually check the word count given by the computer.
Hence option A is incorrect.

Option B: the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself.
The editor believes that the computer is inaccurate but he neither implied nor based his belief on the premise that the computer is malfunctioning.
Hence option B is incorrect.

Option C: it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately.
Again same reasoning as the previous option. He believed that the computer is inaccurate but didn't have any idea about reason behind it.
Hence option C is incorrect.

Option D: a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count.
This means that the editor believed in the accuracy of his copy editor more than a computer and this in fact seems to be the case. When comparing the word count given by the computer to that of the copy editor, he didn't take into account the possibility that the copy editor might have been wrong. This led to his conclusion that the computer is inaccurate at times.
Therefore option D is correct.

Option E: the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is measuring.
The dependency of the computer's accuracy on the word count hasn't been mentioned anywhere and the editor himself doesn't have any idea about the discrepancies between the results.
Hence option E is incorrect.

The correct option is D

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D is correct..

Reasoning: careful counting by most reliable copy editor produces an accurate measure to compare against any other counting source.

The editor's reasoning relies on which of the following assumptions?
A) the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses

- "editor could say that we already know that fact and even after the final calculation, there is a diffference - such as one thermometer can give a reading in celsius while other in farenheit , each one will be considered correct in reation to each other as long as C to F conversion or vice versa equates to same value."


B) the inaccuracy of the computer's word count does not result from a malfunction of the computer itself

"editor will say , i dont care what is producing this inaccurate count from the computer , but i do know that it is producing inaccurate count and the reason could be 'malfunction of the computer or not "

Negating the statement -
the inaccuracy of the computer's word count results from the malfunction of the computer itself" - doesn't effect the argument - "editor could say - i knew that , i have believed it that was the reason"

so this statement is not necessarily true as it can go either way


C) it would be possible to modify the computer so that it counted words more accurately

"irrelevant - the point in question is whether computer counts accurately or not"

D) a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be less accurate than the computer's count

negate this -
"a careful count by the copy editor is unlikely to be as accurate as or more than the computer's count"

This makes the argument fall apart because copy editor is no longer reliable source for comparing accuracy - Hence correct


E) the accuracy of the computer's word count is not dependent on the length of the article that it is being measured

"editor would say - we dont care about what the computer's word count depends on,but we do care that it gives us correct counts.It may take into consideration whatever parameters it has to take to do so"
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As the editor`s conclusion depends on premise that words carefully counted by reliable copy editor are different, so counting by computer is incorrect.
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Can some one explain why A is incorrect.

I do get D as answer but cannot find any reason to discard A.

Conclusion is the word count provided by comp is incorrect as the editor is getting a different count.

(A)the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses

Upon negation, the statement becomes:
The criteria that comp uses in determining what constitutes a single word DOES NOT differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses.

this means that whatever comp is counting, is equal to what copy editor counts. therefore, no discrepancy.
This attacks the conclusion

however i also feel its out of scope as the argument is not talking anywhere about the method but as its assumption i can assume to attack the conclusion.

Pl explain where i am going wrong.

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Can some one explain why A is incorrect.

I do get D as answer but cannot find any reason to discard A.

Conclusion is the word count provided by comp is incorrect as the editor is getting a different count.

(A)the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses

Upon negation, the statement becomes:
The criteria that comp uses in determining what constitutes a single word DOES NOT differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses.

this means that whatever comp is counting, is equal to what copy editor counts. therefore, no discrepancy.
This attacks the conclusion

however i also feel its out of scope as the argument is not talking anywhere about the method but as its assumption i can assume to attack the conclusion.

Pl explain where i am going wrong.


The argument talks about the accuracy.
In A, although knowing that the criteria is different, it does not matter with the accuracy.

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Can some one explain why A is incorrect.

I do get D as answer but cannot find any reason to discard A.

Conclusion is the word count provided by comp is incorrect as the editor is getting a different count.

(A)the criteria that the computer uses in determining what constitutes a single word differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses

Upon negation, the statement becomes:
The criteria that comp uses in determining what constitutes a single word DOES NOT differ from the criteria that the copy editor uses.

this means that whatever comp is counting, is equal to what copy editor counts. therefore, no discrepancy.
This attacks the conclusion

however i also feel its out of scope as the argument is not talking anywhere about the method but as its assumption i can assume to attack the conclusion.

Pl explain where i am going wrong.



Hi Shail, A is just opposite of one of the assumptions

The author assumes that both computer and copy-writer are using the same criteria. That's why he says the computer is less accurate because the word count is different from the copy-writer's. Had this been the opposite, it would have been the perfect answer.
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Conclusion - There is good reason to believe that count given by computer is wrong.
Premise - Count given by computer is different from that given by reliable copy editor.

Here argument is saying that out of two values A and B, A is wrong because A differs from B.
This can be concluded only when B is right. If B is also wrong, what is the ground on basis of which, we can say that A is wrong?
Hence option D perfectly fits and bridges the gap between Premise and conclusion:-

Premise - Count given by computer is different from that given by reliable copy editor.
Assumption - And count given by copy editor is correct.
Conclusion - Therefor there is good reason to believe that count given by computer is wrong.

Other options:-
A - This talks about criteria but we are concerned with the final count of both computer and copy editor. Even if criteria used by both is same, this still doesn't make any difference because premise mentions that final result is different for both and we cannot question the premise.

B - This talks about reason for inaccuracy of computer. But are we concerned about that? Even if reason of inaccuracy of computer was not malfunction but something else, what difference does it make to the final count? Still the output is wrong and no difference in that.

C - Again irrelevant. We are not concerned with what is possible to do. Even if we negate this option, it will have no effect on conclusion.

E - Again we are not concerned about the factors on which accuracy of computer depends. Negating this option as well will not have any effect on conclusion.

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