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dalaal on February 22, 2020

question 7-phrasing wise

Hi, We notice in the passage the use of the term "unpopular w/ faculty or among students," is this the same as stating "reduce popularity w/ faculty or among students"? when do I know whether I should take a paraphrasing to mean the same as that statement in the passage and thus give it the same acronym, and when should it be given a different acronym?


Skylar on February 23, 2020

@Dalaal, happy to help.

No, the term "unpopular with faculty" is not synonymous with "reduce popularity with faculty." This is because a policy's popularity levels can be reduced without the policy becoming unpopular (and vice versa). For example, say the current policy is 100% popular with faculty members. A change is made and now it is 90% popular with faculty members. In this case, there has been a reduction in popularity but we can still say that the policy is overall popular.

Nevertheless, we should try to look for consistent building blocks within variables so as to make as few acronyms as possible. This will allow for more connections to be readily drawn. We have this here with the baseline of "popular with faculty," or PF. If something is not popular with faculty, we can denote it as "not PF," and if there is a reduction in faculty popularity, we can write a downward facing arrow next to PF (as the video demonstrates with answer choice C). Essentially, we want to use the same acronym for variables with the same base, but we need to do different things to denote different meanings about this base.

Does that make sense? Please let us know if you have any other questions!