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# The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Ame -Old Thread

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28 Dec 2004, 13:24
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?

(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.
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23 Apr 2005, 21:50
OA is C.
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03 Sep 2005, 02:38
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.
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03 Sep 2005, 03:18
B?
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03 Sep 2005, 05:03
IMO E, wont even bother to explain...
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03 Sep 2005, 05:06
B or C?? Probably B!
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03 Sep 2005, 06:52
I think it is a B.

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03 Sep 2005, 08:07
will c over d
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05 Sep 2005, 08:24
OA is C.
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23 Oct 2005, 23:12
The U.S. census is not perfect: thousands of Americans probably go uncounted. However, the basic statistical portrait of the nation painted by the census is accurate. Certainly some of the poor go uncounted, particularly the homeless; but some of the rich go uncounted as well, because they are often abroad or traveling between one residence and another.
Which of the following is an assumption on which the argument above depends?
(A) Both the rich and the poor have personal and economic reasons to avoid being counted by the census.
(B) All Americans may reasonably be classified as either poor or rich.
(C) The percentage of poor Americans uncounted by the census is close to the percentage of rich Americans uncounted.
(D) The number of homeless Americans is approximately equal to the number of rich Americans.
(E) The primary purpose of the census is to analyze the economic status of the American population.
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24 Oct 2005, 01:20
tough for me...on exam day...E
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24 Oct 2005, 02:34
b/w C &D...i go for C
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24 Oct 2005, 02:41
I would go With E.
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24 Oct 2005, 02:43
I go for 'C'.

This one is tough to digest!
Mahesh, what's the source of this question?
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24 Oct 2005, 06:15
I go for E.

The census is for basic statistical portrait of the nation, where the poor and the rich are uncounted.

Therefore, we can notice that the census is for something related to economic status.
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24 Oct 2005, 06:33
OA is C. Can someone explain please...
It's very evident that E is not correct. But why not D? Is it because it compares homeless with rich??? instead of poor with rich
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24 Oct 2005, 06:43
Boy..I am progressively getting worse at these kind of questions...
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24 Oct 2005, 07:54
Why E is wrong -

Primary purpose of census is not to measure economic data. This is just a side effect. It says that the data is not accurate however statistics looks right. So what is the reason - some poor and some rich people are not counted. that means the data is balanced.
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24 Oct 2005, 07:59
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Use the negation strategy. If C were not true, would the arguement still be vaild? Definately not, at least not according to the evidence presented.
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24 Oct 2005, 13:27
Imagine that there are only poor and rich people. Then the portrait of US society would be made from the portrait of these two groups of people. For the portrait to be the same even when some poor and some rich are uncounted, the weight of both uncounted groups in the whole group must be same. This is only reached if C is true since we are talking about relative weight rather than about absolute weight. D could seem correct, but it is actually not.
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24 Oct 2005, 13:45
I got C.

D is incorrect because we are not talking about the total number here, we are talking about number of rich or poor who are uncounted.

C is the assumption, which fills in the gap.
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