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# Journalist: In physics journals, the number of articles reporting the

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13 Jul 2016, 02:19
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Consider this analogy
Last summer hundreds of parrot regularly flew from nearby jungle and came to your garden to drink water from the water-fountain you installed in the corner of the garden
This summer no parrot came to drink water from your water-fountain
Wrong conclusion :- All parrots must be dead thats why they are not coming to drink water.
Right conclusion :- Last year due to draught and no rainfall, the river inside the jungle was dry. This year the river is full of water because of excess rainfall and cooler temperature.

Similarly:- Last year all particle accelerator were not out of service. They were working and lots of experiment were happening and lots of those articles were submitted to journal.
Then why were there less articles about particle physics journals. Because despite being submitted they were not published.
Why were the not published .. because new policies have limited the total number of such articles that can be published.

(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

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Journalist: In physics journals, the number of articles reporting the results of experiments involving particle
accelerators was lower last year than it had been in previous years. Several of the particle accelerators at major
research institutions were out of service the year before last for repairs, so it is likely that the low number of
articles was due to the decline in availability of particle accelerators.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the journalist’s argument?
(A) Every article based on experiments with particle accelerators that was submitted for publication last year
actually was published.
(B) The average time scientists must wait for access to a particle accelerator has declined over the last
several years.
(C) The number of physics journals was the same last year as in previous years.
(D) Particle accelerators can be used for more than one group of experiments in any given year.
(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that
articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

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25 Aug 2016, 10:47
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I disagree with "irrelevant reason" for dropping an answer choice, there must be an especially when we are talking about a couple of grants dollars cost per question from ACT.

Therefore, for every single option, there is a reasoning behind it and somehow it weakens the argument. The point is, which option is fallacy-free, or in other words, which option ALWAYS weaken the argument.

Stem's Conclusion: The low number of articles was due to the decline in availability of particle accelerators.
What happened? Particle accelerators out of service
What happened? #'s of articles was lower last year than it had been in previous years

Always bearing this conjuncture above in mind, I tackle the options

Quote:
(A) Every article based on experiments with particle accelerators that was submitted for publication last year was published.
(B) The average time scientists must wait for access to a particle accelerator has declined over the last
several years.
(C) The number of physics journals was the same last year as in previous years.
(D) Particle accelerators can be used for more than one group of experiments in any given year.
(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that
articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

the reasoning behind each option should be ALWAYS clear.

What are the features that the test maker want me to believe in each of the option?

(A) all submissions published
The test makers want to convince me that a lower number of articles is result from the scarcity of content from the maintenance/shutdown of particle accelerators. However, scientists can submit new research using same data from before the shutdown. Therefore, the same amount of articles is kept, and the given reason cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

B) Less wait to access the accelerator
The test taker thinks that the fewer scientists wait, the more experiments they do. So, who guarantees that more experiments = more publications? It may be true or not. It can weaken or strengthen the argument, therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(C) The number of journals remains unchanged
The test taker thinks that less publication can be affected by the amount of journals available. The idea could be valid unless we presuppose that journals always publish a limited amount of article. Not always weaken the argument, therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(D) more than one group use the accelerator in any given year.
The test taker thinks that analysis takes an entire year, even if that is true, other publications with data with other years or conjoint or whatever cannot be published, which is a lie. Therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(E) Editorial policies changes of those that publish decreased the likelihood of publication
The test taker assures that the low-end of the publication chain will close the tap, which is a good reason to believe
ALWAYS weaken the argument
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22 Sep 2016, 06:34
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I disagree with "irrelevant reason" for dropping an answer choice, there must be an especially when we are talking about a couple of grants dollars cost per question from ACT.

Therefore, for every single option, there is a reasoning behind it and somehow it weakens the argument. The point is, which option is fallacy-free, or in other words, which option ALWAYS weaken the argument.

Stem's Conclusion: The low number of articles was due to the decline in availability of particle accelerators.
What happened? Particle accelerators out of service
What happened? #'s of articles was lower last year than it had been in previous years

Always bearing this conjuncture above in mind, I tackle the options

Quote:
(A) Every article based on experiments with particle accelerators that was submitted for publication last year was published.
(B) The average time scientists must wait for access to a particle accelerator has declined over the last
several years.
(C) The number of physics journals was the same last year as in previous years.
(D) Particle accelerators can be used for more than one group of experiments in any given year.
(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that
articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

the reasoning behind each option should be ALWAYS clear.

What are the features that the test maker want me to believe in each of the option?

(A) all submissions published
The test makers want to convince me that a lower number of articles is result from the scarcity of content from the maintenance/shutdown of particle accelerators. However, scientists can submit new research using same data from before the shutdown. Therefore, the same amount of articles is kept, and the given reason cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

B) Less wait to access the accelerator
The test taker thinks that the fewer scientists wait, the more experiments they do. So, who guarantees that more experiments = more publications? It may be true or not. It can weaken or strengthen the argument, therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(C) The number of journals remains unchanged
The test taker thinks that less publication can be affected by the amount of journals available. The idea could be valid unless we presuppose that journals always publish a limited amount of article. Not always weaken the argument, therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(D) more than one group use the accelerator in any given year.
The test taker thinks that analysis takes an entire year, even if that is true, other publications with data with other years or conjoint or whatever cannot be published, which is a lie. Therefore cannot ALWAYS weaken the argument

(E) Editorial policies changes of those that publish decreased the likelihood of publication
The test taker assures that the low-end of the publication chain will close the tap, which is a good reason to believe
ALWAYS weaken the argument

same side with you.
I disagree irrelevant explanation.

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04 Oct 2016, 02:39
E it is.

As it states another reason for not publishing the article.
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18 Apr 2017, 22:00
In the OA E, how can 'Recent changes' refer to 'last year's decrease in publication'? I do understand that between D and E, E is the better choice, but D has merit to.

D says that there were more groups experimenting, now, did those groups have to be physics groups? Definitely not, so that could impact the number of physics journals being published.

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Journalist: In physics journals, the number of articles reporting the results of experiments involving particle
accelerators was lower last year than it had been in previous years. Several of the particle accelerators at major
research institutions were out of service the year before last for repairs, so it is likely that the low number of
articles was due to the decline in availability of particle accelerators.
Which of the following, if true, most seriously undermines the journalist’s argument?
(A) Every article based on experiments with particle accelerators that was submitted for publication last year
actually was published.
(B) The average time scientists must wait for access to a particle accelerator has declined over the last
several years.
(C) The number of physics journals was the same last year as in previous years.
(D) Particle accelerators can be used for more than one group of experiments in any given year.
(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that
articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

This is a simple one and you should destroy these questions in less than 1 min and 30 secs.. Here,s how to do it.
By looking at the conclusion and the stem, it is evident that the question is CAUSE AND AFFECT reasoning + WEAKEN question.

So by mapping the conlusion we see that :
PED (decline in availability of particle accelerators) {CAUSE} ---------->>>> LNOA (low number of
articles) {EFFECT}

In these types of questions, following options are to be considered:
A. Find an alternate cause for the stated effect
B. Show that even when the cause occurs, the effect does not occur
C. Show that although the effect occurs, the cause did not occur
D. Show that the stated relationship is in fact reversed
E. Show a statistical problem exists with the data used to make the causal
statement

Mostly answer will be from the first 2 or the last option (which is tricky).
Coming back to the question, find any alternate cause for the stated effect in AC,s. E best explains an alternate cause.

(E) Recent changes in the editorial policies of several physics journals have decreased the likelihood that
articles concerning particle-accelerator research will be accepted for publication.

So, it was not due to the fact that we had less particle accelerators but because of change in
the policy that the number of artiles were decreased. Statement E clearly explain the alternate cause for the stated effect.

HENCE E. Hope it helps.

Any suggestions are welcomed.
-V

Still don't understand why (B) and (D) wrong
Answer choices (B) & (D) fit the option "although the effect occurs, the cause did not occur"

Will be appreciated, if anyone can explain.
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SuYiChung wrote:
Still don't understand why (B) and (D) wrong
Answer choices (B) & (D) fit the option "although the effect occurs, the cause did not occur"

Will be appreciated, if anyone can explain.

Hey SuYiChung ,

You need to understand the cause and effect concept well.

Whenever the effect happens in the past, there are 3 types of weakeners:

1. Alternate cause
2. Reverse Causation
3. Cause not happening before the effect.

Now, here cause is - Decline in the availability of accelerators.

Effect is : Less Particles Published.

Decline in the availability of accelerators --> Less Particles Published.

We need to weaken this, I can say there was another cause for less particles published. This is what option E is doing, hence is the correct answer.

Now, Let's talk about B and D.

B is saying scientists can get the accelerator sooner these days than earlier. It is no where telling us the reason for the decreased publication. Hence, wrong.

Similarly, D is saying you can use the accelerators for multiple experiments. So, what? We don't really know why the publication decreased. Hence, wrong.

Your reasoning "although the effect occurs, the cause did not occur" is wrong here. No effect is occurring in B and D. It is just telling us new information, which is irrelevant.

Does that make sense?
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10 Jun 2018, 08:45
I feel like there are many cases where different assumptions can prove a choice to be a correct one. For example, in this answer E "Recent changes" How recent were they? The passage talks about last's year number of articles. Is last year considered a recent past? In some other questions, the answer choice explanations stressed hardly on vague timing...
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11 Jun 2018, 08:19
A little tie between D and E. E wins for better relevancy to the provided info.
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