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Outliers solution

Ok, here is my solution to the Outliers Puzzle.

This is my solution which i think is the logical answer to the problem.

Lets look at the highlighted grids below with the highlighted diamonds, clubs and heart shapes. Click on the image to get a larger view in a new window.

If we look at the grid you will see that the highlighted shapes are the only ones in that grid that do not have another touching corresponding shape within the grid. You could almost call them OUTLIERS.

Column 1 Row 1 : has only 1 non touching like shape. There is 1 diamond that does not touch another diamond, all other shapes can touch another like shape

Column 1 Row 2 : has a 2 shapes that do not touch another like shape. A diamond and a heart.

Column 1 Row 3 : has 3 shapes that do not touch another like shape the three diamonds.

 

Column 2 Row 1 : has 3 shapes that do not touch another like shape the three clubs.

Column 2 Row 2 : has 1 shape that does not touch another like shape, 1 club.

Column 2 Row 3 : has 2 shapes that do not touch another like shape, the club and the diamond.

 

Column 3 Row 1 : has 2 shapes that do not touch another like shape, the heart and the diamond.

Column 3 Row 2 : has 3 shapes that do not touch another like shape, the three diamonds.

Column 3 Row 3 : ??? We’ll get to this.

 

Now that we have observed the pattern we can see the following counts of non touching shapes.

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Row 1

1

3

2

Row 2

2

1

3

Row 3

3

2

???

 

Row 1 has values from 1 to 3

Row 2 has values from 1 to 3

Row 3 would need a value of 1 non touching shape to make the numeric pattern 123 fit.

Column 1 has values 1 to 3

Column 2 has values 1 to 3

Column 3 would need a value of 1 non touching shape to make the numeric pattern 123 fit.

 

Ok so then lets look at the possible answers, there are 4 possible answers that have 1 non touching shape within the grid.

A, C, E, G.

But this puzzle needs one more turn to get our answer.

A – has a heart as it’s non touching shape.

C – has a club as it’s non touching shape.

E – has a diamond as it’s non touching shape.

G – has a diamond as it’s non touching shape.

 

Our two grids in the puzzule that only have 1 touching shape are

Row 1 column 1 which is a diamond, and

Row 2 Column 2 which is a club.

So the next logical shape has to have one shape that doesn’t touch any other shape, and that is a heart.

Which would give us an answer of (A) as the other 3 have possible answers have already used that shape.

I hope this helps out those who were struggling with the answer.

Note. There may be a slight issue with the puzzle in column 3 row 2 which if corrected would allow for the third pattern to evolve. I believe that the diamonds and hearts should be reversed in each others positions.
This would then give the following patterns

Column 1 Column 2 Column 3
Row 1

Diamond

Club,Club,Club

Heart, Diamond
Row 2

Diamond, Heart

Club

Heart, Heart Heart (instead of 3 Diamonds)

Row 3 Diamond, Diamond, Diamond

Club, Diamond

Heart

Thus giving each column a dominant shape and where each shape has 5 outliers.

 

Looking for more examples of the Raven’s Progressive Matrices

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Advanced progressive matrices set II

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Raven’s Progressive Matrices (TM) Test Preparation Workbook

Enjoyed Outliers: The Story of Success

Looking for other books by Malcolm Gladwell

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Malcolm Gladwell Collected

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking

Outliers Puzzle

Outliers Puzzle

I’ve recently read the book Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell.
It’s a very interesting book which Iwon’t go into here as this post is about a puzzle within the book that is supposedly from a Raven’s IQ test.

This puzzle as the book says is a bit of a challenge and the likes of Chris Langan with a very high IQ (195-210) could easily solve.
See a copy of the puzzle below. Have a go at trying to solve it first before looking at my answer below.

 

 

Getting frustrated or got a possible solution?

Can’t work out what the answer to the outliers puzzle is, then fear not, you can still impress your friends and tell them the answer but, you’ll need to go to the follwing page Outliers Solution and see the answer, or if you already have the answer and just want to check your solution against mine or provide another possible solution.

Hope you picked up a few IQ points along the way.

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