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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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New post 29 Sep 2004, 14:32
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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Actually a good question but no one saw this one for 11 years. Verbal Bot please bump this one.
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+1 for D.
As the editor`s conclusion depends on premise that words carefully counted by reliable copy editor are different, so counting by computer is incorrect.
Assumption is copy editor is not 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.
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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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shail2509 wrote:
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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Can you please help explain option A (I understand why the correct answer is correct here)

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Can you please help explain option A (I understand why the correct answer is correct here)

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Hi,
I will try to explain .
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. ISWAT answer choice

Conclusion : Computer gives inaccurate count.

Here , for this conclusion to be true author assumes atleast below things :
1. Editor and Computer should consider the same criteria for counting word , if not the conclusion will be false. Lets say if counting criteria is different for both computer and editor , computer could not have been at fault. Since criteria is different obviously count will not match.
2. Editor is more accurate in counting than Computer.

these 2 assumptions are required . So , if you see option A it is opposite of our assumptions 1 .

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it is still hard for me to know exactly why an option should be the answer. I chose D because I feel it is a good answer.
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I think B, and E actually strengthens the argument, while A and C are out of scope because the subject in A and C is not mentioned in the argument.
D is left.
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