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# Manager: Last year, within the sales division of the company, the sale

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Manager: Last year, within the sales division of the company, the salespeople with highest average number of miles driven each week had the highest sales figures.Thus, we should immediately implement a policy requiring all salespeople to begin driving more miles each week.

The reasoning in the manager’s argument is flawed because the argument

(A) relies on information about responses from the general public rather than on the opinions of experts.

(B) fails to exclude an alternative explanation for the observed correlation.

(C) bases a conclusion on two pieces of contradictory evidence.

(D) responds to a distorted version of an opposing position.

(E) attempts to persuade by making an emotional appeal.

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28 Jul 2018, 06:54
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Manager: Last year, within the sales division of the company, the salespeople with highest average number of miles driven each week had the highest sales figures.Thus, we should immediately implement a policy requiring all salespeople to begin driving more miles each week.

+1 for B.

Stimulus :
Cause --> High average number of miles driven
Effect --> High sales figure
But what if the co-relation is not always true, or what if there is an alternate cause of the effect mentioned ?

(B) fails to exclude an alternative explanation for the observed correlation. --> Correct, matches our pre-thinking

Hence, B.
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