Exploring the notion of 'clutter' in Euler diagrams

Chris John, Andrew Fish, John Howse, John Taylor

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Euler diagrams are an effective and intuitive way of representing relationships between sets. As the number of sets represented grows, Euler diagrams can become ‘cluttered’ and lose some of their intuitive appeal. In this paper we consider various measures of ‘clutter’ for abstract Euler diagrams and show that they compare well with results obtained from an empirical study. We also show that all abstract Euler diagrams can be constructed inductively by inserting a contour at a time and we relate this inductive description to the clutter metrics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th International Conference, Diagrams 2006
Place of PublicationBerlin, Germany
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9783540356240
ISBN (Print)9783540356233
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006
EventProceedings of the 4th International Conference, Diagrams 2006 - Stanford, CA, USA, 28-30 June, 2006
Duration: 1 Jan 2006 → …

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science


ConferenceProceedings of the 4th International Conference, Diagrams 2006
Period1/01/06 → …


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