Venn diagram

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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

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Venn diagram: AB represents the intersection of sets A and B

First Known Use of Venn diagram

1918, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Venn diagram

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

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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.

Source: Investing Answers

Venn diagram

\ ˈven- How to pronounce Venn diagram (audio) \

Kids Definition of Venn diagram

: a diagram that shows the relationship between two groups of things by means of overlapping circles

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