Venn diagram

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noun \ˈven-\
Updated on: 26 Jul 2017

Definition of Venn diagram

  1. :  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

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Origin and Etymology of venn diagram

after John Venn *1834 †1923 English logician, who wrote a survey and formalization of such graphs in 1880


Financial Definition of VENN DIAGRAM

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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