Definition of Venn diagram
: a graph that employs closed curves and especially circles to represent logical relations between and operations on sets and the terms of propositions by the inclusion, exclusion, or intersection of the curves
Origin and Etymology of venn diagram
after John Venn *1834 †1923 English logician, who wrote a survey and formalization of such graphs in 1880
First Known Use: 1918See Words from the same year
Financial Definition of VENN DIAGRAM
What It Is
A Venn diagram is an illustration of common characteristics.
How It Works
Named after John Venn, a Venn diagram is often little more than two or more overlapping circles (you can use other shapes, too). The places where the circles overlap indicate where items have something in common.
For example, let's say you want to compare the players in the mobile phone industry as The Atlantic did in a piece by Alexis Madrigal:
Why It Matters
Venn diagrams can simplify and summarize analyses considerably. They help cut through the clutter and show the essence of a comparison or argument.
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Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about Venn diagram
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