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# The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer

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The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high, and we know that it is expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands. As a result, to be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.

OA C

i know the OA and I have explanation also, but explanation is not convincing, so please explain your reasoning. thank you.
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18 Apr 2010, 11:54
sandeep25398 wrote:
The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high, and we know that it is expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands. As a result, to be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.

OA C

i know the OA and I have explanation also, but explanation is not convincing, so please explain your reasoning. thank you.

Let me try..!!

Premise1 : The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high
Premise2: expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands

Required Conclusion: To be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

We have to establish a relation between.. prime purchasers >>> buying >>> software with low memorization requirement >>> Software successful.

And this an assumption question...

For me only A and C stand close..

Negate both of them and you will see, option C destroys the argument ..

if you negate option A, you get : If NOT more prime purchasers of computer
software buy a software product, that product will successful...A software can be successful, even if its very expensive and only few people cant afford it..!!! The argument doesn't fall apart.
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18 Apr 2010, 20:42
nverma wrote:
Let me try..!!

Premise1 : The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high
Premise2: expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands

Required Conclusion: To be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

We have to establish a relation between.. prime purchasers >>> buying >>> software with low memorization requirement >>> Software successful.

And this an assumption question...

For me only A and C stand close..

Negate both of them and you will see, option C destroys the argument ..

if you negate option A, you get : If NOT more prime purchasers of computer
software buy a software product, that product will successful...A software can be successful, even if its very expensive and only few people cant afford it..!!! The argument doesn't fall apart.

thanks for reply, i was closing between option B and C, since stem says cost of training will be more if training is required this means overall cost of the software will increase.. and in option B says that assumption is the software which does not require to memorize is no more expansive than one which does. any though on this point of view..
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18 Apr 2010, 23:43
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nverma wrote:
Let me try..!!

Premise1 : The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high
Premise2: expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands

Required Conclusion: To be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

We have to establish a relation between.. prime purchasers >>> buying >>> software with low memorization requirement >>> Software successful.

And this an assumption question...

For me only A and C stand close..

Negate both of them and you will see, option C destroys the argument ..

if you negate option A, you get : If NOT more prime purchasers of computer
software buy a software product, that product will successful...A software can be successful, even if its very expensive and only few people cant afford it..!!! The argument doesn't fall apart.

thanks for reply, i was closing between option B and C, since stem says cost of training will be more if training is required this means overall cost of the software will increase.. and in option B says that assumption is the software which does not require to memorize is no more expansive than one which does. any though on this point of view..
thanks

I agree with what u are saying regarding B.
But, as u are mentioning, Question is overall costs..

And if we negate B, we get " Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no (remove no) more expensive than software that does." >>> we might get the software (with memorization) on the same price of software (withOUT memorization). But it still doesn't destroy the argument.. which is looking for an assumption to link.. prime purchasers >>> buying >>> software with low memorization requirement>>> NO TRAINING >>> Software successful
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20 Apr 2010, 19:01
how did you negate C and find out that the conclusion falls apart. Can someone please shed more light on this.
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20 Apr 2010, 21:40
(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will be successful.//Sure but this statement is open ended as other attributes may also make the software successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.// Software cost is not an issue. Training cost is. So discard.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.//This is correct because it directly implies that software is definitely good to go since prime purchasers are buying it. It also narrows the scope of argument by sticking to argument only. Unlike (A)
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software. //This is not completely relevant to the argument as cost of software is not an issue. HR training cost is.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software. // This is simply reiterating what is already mentioned so discard.
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22 Apr 2010, 09:10
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the keyword is successful, so u need to find the answer with some information which tells you in which way the product can be successful.
here we have 2 answers - A and C, and then my intsight helps me
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07 May 2011, 05:50
it still doesn't destroy the argument.. which is looking for an assumption to link.. prime purchasers >>> buying >>> software with low memorization requirement>>> NO TRAINING >>> Software successful

i agree with the reasons to reject A and B .they dont destroy the argument . moreover , C focuses on the exact wording of the conclusion.
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16 Sep 2011, 04:40
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.

Negating C implies that 'some' commercial comp. software will be successful when prime purchasers 'don't' buy it.

This weakens the conclusion as it mentions that only making software less complex will make software successful..
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16 Sep 2011, 09:35
raghavakumar85 wrote:
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.

Negating C implies that 'some' commercial comp. software will be successful when prime purchasers 'don't' buy it.

This weakens the conclusion as it mentions that only making software less complex will make software successful..

"This weakens the conclusion as it mentions that only making software less complex will make software successful" Did not understand relation of making it less complex or complex with success here..

Mainly the argument is relating success of the software with prime purchasers and not with complexity..

Correct me if i am wrong...
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16 Sep 2011, 10:32
I'll go with B but not sure how OA is C.

Can someone explain why B is wrong?
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16 Sep 2011, 12:58
I picked E. If you negate E the argument falls apart.
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16 Sep 2011, 13:36
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The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high, and we know that it is expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands. As a result, to be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.

Very little is gained from refuting OA's from OG, GPrep, LSAT.

OA is indeed "C", and it is correct. We just have to justify how?

Premise:
Prime purchasers won't BUY a software that requires expensive training.
Expensive training is required for teaching UNFAMILIAR commands of a software.

Conclusion:
To be SUCCESSFUL, our software must not require users to learn unfamiliar command.

A proper conclusion would have been:
To make prime purchasers buy our software or at least consider buying, we must not require the users of the software to learn unfamiliar command.

Why?
Because, that will make sure that the training is not expensive. If the training is not expensive, companies will consider buying.

So far just BUYING is concerned, the conclusion holds good. However, the conclusion takes a leap ahead. It says, "TO BE SUCCESSFUL". Note: "To be successful" IS NOT NECESSARILY analogous to "to sell the products to prime purchasers", yet the conclusion mistakenly associated the selling with the success.

C says just that:
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.

(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
Even if we take this into consideration, it will not justify the success. Moreover, we know the cost of the software is not the issue; at least, not according to the passage. It is the training cost/unfamiliar command that matters.

(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.
Using a software is vaguely/remotely related to difficulty associated with learning unfamiliar command. This is out of scope.

Ans: "C"
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18 Sep 2011, 01:24
t is one logical reasoning questions :
Software will be baught if the training costs are less.
Training cost are more if commands are unfamiliar.
thus
if language dosen't use unfamiliar it will be successful.

Only missing link is how do u define success....thus assumptions is that more the software is baught more successful it is.
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21 Sep 2011, 00:31
I was confused between B and C and finally picked B. But after reading the explanations, I get it. Good question!
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Nice Explanation by Fluke

i went for B:
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24 Sep 2011, 01:14
Gr8 Explanation @ Fluke. Just hope i can atleast make out some logic in the answer choices when pressed for time in the real exam.
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24 Sep 2011, 19:51
einstein10 wrote:
The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high, and we know that it is expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands. As a result, to be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.

OA C

i know the OA and I have explanation also, but explanation is not convincing, so please explain your reasoning. thank you.

Conclusion: to be successful, software must not require user to memorise unfamiliar commands
Premise: Softwares that require memorisation of unfamiliar commands --> high training costs involved for prime purchasers --> prime purchasers will not buy software
Assumption: if prime purchasers will not buy software, the software will not be successful.
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27 Sep 2011, 07:24
einstein10 wrote:
The companies that are the prime purchasers of computer software will not buy a software package if the costs of training staff to use it are high, and we know that it is expensive to teach people a software package that demands the memorization of unfamiliar commands. As a result, to be successful, commercial computer software cannot require users to memorize unfamiliar commands.

The conclusion above follows logically if which one of the following is assumed?

(A) If more prime purchasers of computer software buy a software product, that product will successful.
(B) Commercial computers software that does not require users to memorize unfamiliar commands is no more expensive than software that does.
(C) Commercial computer software will not be successful unless prime purchasers buy it.
(D) If the initial cost of computer software is high, but the cost of training users is low, prime purchases will still buy that software.
(E) The more difficult it is to learn how to use a piece of software, the more expensive it is to teach a person to use that software.

OA C

i know the OA and I have explanation also, but explanation is not convincing, so please explain your reasoning. thank you.

Good question and nice explanation.
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10 Jul 2012, 05:20

If we read the stimulus carefully, we notice the leap from a discussion about costs of the software to a discussion about its success. This assumes that the success in tied to its level of sales to its prime purchaser, the companies.

Thus if we can prove that software sales to the prime purchasers is the absolute determinant of the success of the software, then we are in business. Negating C destroys the argument, hence that is the right assumption among the given options.

Per answer option B, whether two types of software (hard-to-use versus user-friendly) have similar pricing does does nothing to address the issue of the success of what we are concerned with, videlicet: the success of the software hard-to-use vis a vis sales to the prime purchasers.

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