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Of all the attendees at a dinner party, 40% were women. If each attendee arrived at the party either alone or with another attendee of the opposite sex, what percentage of the total number of attendees arrived at the party alone?

(1) 50% of the male attendees arrived with a woman. (2) 25% of the attendees arriving alone were women.

As per the question, this is what is given :
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________Alone_____With_____Total___
Men________________________60
Women ____________________ 40
Total _____________________ 100

Statement -1: 50% i.e 1/2 of the males arrived with a woman i.e 30 men with 30 women. Which implies 10 women were alone and 30 men were alone.

_________________________________
________Alone_____With_____Total___
Men _____ 30______ 30______ 60
Women -----10______30______ 40
Total --------40______60______ 100

Hence statement 1 is suffiecient to answer the Question.

Statement 2 : 1/4th of the alone were women. Let the alone be x. Hence alone women .25x.

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________Alone_____With___________Total___
Men .75x ______ 60-0.75x ______ 60
Women .25x ______ 40-0.25x ______ 40
Total x__ ______ _______ ______ 100

At 1st glance it looks impossible to solve this. But here to go .

Since men and women together come in pairs hence no of men coming together will be equal ti women coming together.

hence : 60 - 0.75x = 40-0.25x
20 = 0.50x
x = 40
And we can find fill the remaining table..

Of all the attendees at a dinner party, 40% were women. If each attendee arrived at a party either alone of with another attendee of the opposite sex, what percentage of the total number of attendees arrived at the party alone?

1. 50% of the male attendees arrived with a woman. 2. 25% of the attendes arriving alone were women.

This is how I am trying to solve this. Can someone please explain where I am getting it wrong ?

Considering statement 1 Solo Pairs Total Men 30 30 60 Women 10 30 40 Total 40 60 100

If 30 men come in pairs then they have to be paired with 30 women. And therefore total people arrived solo are 40 and therefore this statement is sufficient.

Considering Statement 2 --> I am really struggling to solve this.

You got statement 1 so I will ignore that. Statement 2: 25% of the attendes arriving alone were women. To make calculations easier, lets assume that total number of people is 100. Then total number of women = 40 and total number of men = 60

Say, the number of alone women = x Since this is 25% of total alone people, 3x is the number of alone men.

Now, total number of women with men = 40 - x Then total number of men with women = 40 - x

(40-x)*2 + x + 3x = 100 x = 10 Women arriving alone = 10. men arriving alone = 30 % of people arriving alone = 40%
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Sorry Karishma - But I am struggling to understand how did you get

Since this is 25% of total alone people, 3x is the number of alone men.

Do you mind letting me know please?

We are given that 25% of people who came alone were women. So 75% of people who came alone were men. So number of men who came alone is three times the number of women who came alone (75% is 3 times 25%). Since we are assuming that number of women who came alone = x number of men who came alone will be = 3x
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Of all the attendees at a dinner party, 40% were women. If each attendee arrived at the party either alone or with another attendee of the opposite sex, what percentage of the total number of attendees arrived at the party alone?

(1) 50% of the male attendees arrived with a woman.

(2) 25% of the attendees arriving alone were women.

40%T Women so 60%T Men

1) => 30%T men came with 30%T women => 10%T women and 30%T men came alone = 40%

2) 25% of attendeed who arrived alone were women => 75% of them were men. So i X arrived alone
0.25X Women
0.75X Men

We need to find X/T, but this info is not sufficient.

I remember the kaplan equation for groups
T = G1 + G2 - B
T: total
G1: group 1
G2: group 2
B: both (overlap between G1 and G2)

Now, given in the question
G1 (men) , G2 ( women)
G1 + B = 60 [ eq. 1]
G2 + B = 40 [ eq. 2]
T = 100 ( assume )

Statement 1: B = 0.5 G1
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you already have two equations with three unknowns: G1,G2 and B
with this third equation you can solve for all variables
The question asks for (G1+G2)/T

Statement 2: G2/(G1+G2) = 0.25
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Also a third equation that lets you solve for G1,G2 and B

So, my answre is D

Although i didn't solve for the variables or get to the solution, but the quick analysis let me answer the question really fast
P.S. this is a data sufficiency question

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Of all the attendees at a dinner party, 40% were women. If each attendee arrived at a party either alone of with another attendee of the opposite sex, what percentage of the total number of attendees arrived at the party alone?

1. 50% of the male attendees arrived with a woman. 2. 25% of the attendes arriving alone were women.

This is how I am trying to solve this. Can someone please explain where I am getting it wrong ?

Considering statement 1 Solo Pairs Total Men 30 30 60 Women 10 30 40 Total 40 60 100

If 30 men come in pairs then they have to be paired with 30 women. And therefore total people arrived solo are 40 and therefore this statement is sufficient.

Considering Statement 2 --> I am really struggling to solve this.
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Of all the attendees at a dinner party, 40% were women. If each attendee arrived at a party either alone of with another attendee of the opposite sex, what percentage of the total number of attendees arrived at the party alone?

1. 50% of the male attendees arrived with a woman. 2. 25% of the attendes arriving alone were women.

This is how I am trying to solve this. Can someone please explain where I am getting it wrong ?

Considering statement 1 Solo Pairs Total Men 30 30 60 Women 10 30 40 Total 40 60 100

If 30 men come in pairs then they have to be paired with 30 women. And therefore total people arrived solo are 40 and therefore this statement is sufficient.

Considering Statement 2 --> I am really struggling to solve this.

suppose there are x people in total and y people arrived alone. according to (2), women alone are 0.25y, then women with men are 0.4x-0.25y. men alone are 0.75y, men with women are 0.6x-o.75y. The two should be equal, so we can solve the equation and derive that y=0.4x, so (2) is sufficient.

according to the questiom we know that attendes come alone or with opposite sex.

according to the stmnat (2) 25% came alone. let assume that women =40, men=60. 40*1/4=10 (came alone). Remaining women 40-10= 30 should come with opposite sex i.e men. so number of men come with pairs are 30. number of men came alone 60-30=30. % of atenddes came alone are men (30)+ women (10)=40.

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