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# Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station

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11. Every week, the programming office at an FM radio station reviewed unsolicited letters from listeners who were expressing comments on the stationâ€™s programs. One week, the station received 50 letters with favorable comments about the stationâ€™s news reporting and music selection and 10 letters with unfavorable comments on the stationâ€™s new movie review segment of the evening program. Faced with this information, the programming director assumed that if some listeners did not like the movie review segment, then there must be other listeners who did like it. Therefore, he decided to continue the movie review segment of the evening program.

Which on e of the following identifies a problem with the programming directorâ€™s decision process?

(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise.
(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did.
(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received.
(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news.
(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision.
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09 May 2005, 17:13
only A adresses the issue. common sense here, all other ones are out
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09 May 2005, 23:36
I choose C. The station did receive letters of praise --50 of them. The fact that the director kept the program on air tells me that he failed to see that good programs do receive positive commentary. All he did was disregard the fact that he didn't receive any favorable comments for the movie show. In turn, he used this as a reason to continue the show.
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09 May 2005, 23:47
B
IMO, it is not the decision where we need to spot the problem, it is the decision process which has a flaw. B brings out this flaw
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09 May 2005, 23:58
B)...the director makes his assumption on the basis of only one factor. that is clearly unsufficient. how can he deduce from 10 letters of negative comments that there are positive comments as well. right. he cannot. look to it that the 10 and the 50 letters refer to different programms !!!
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10 May 2005, 05:16
yea i didnt read B well enough the first time. It does make more sense morever A has a judgment in it
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10 May 2005, 05:50
(A) He failed to recognize that people are more likely to write letters of criticism than of praise.

(B) He could not properly infer from the fact that some listeners did not like the movie review segment that some others did.
- I'll go with this. Clearly, the director assumed that as long as there are some people who like the segment, there are definitely other who liked it.

(C) He failed to take into consideration the discrepancy in numbers between favorable and unfavorable letters received.
- Out of scope

(D) He failed to take into account the relation existing between the movie review segment and the news.
- Out of scope

(E) He did not wait until he received at least 50 letters with unfavorable comments about the movie review segment before making his decision.
- Not important.

B it is.
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16 May 2005, 14:27
The OA is B.
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