Venn diagrams and Euler diagrams look very similar so it is understandable that many people find it confusing to understand the difference. Although both the diagram types rely on the set theory there are some subtle differences that make them unique. Hopefully, this article will clear your doubts about Venn diagrams vs Euler diagrams and I will provide a few examples to make it clearer.
Venn vs Euler: The Definition
As I mentioned before both sets of diagrams are based on the set theory. A Venn diagram shows all possible logical relationships between a collection of sets. But a Euler diagram only shows relationships that exist in the real world.
Venn Diagrams vs Euler Diagrams Examples
Let’s start with a very simple example. Let’s consider Animals superset with mammals and birds as subsets. A Venn diagram shows an intersection between the two sets even though that possibility doesn’t exist in the real world. Euler diagram, on the other hand, doesn’t show an intersection.
Now let’s take a look at a bit more complicated example involving a pack of cards. Again it is important to keep in mind the difference between the two diagram types, all possible combinations vs real-world combinations. Let’s take cards as the superset and black cards, red cards and diamonds as the subsets.
As the above example shows, Venn diagrams show four intersections that don’t have any data because it should show all possible combinations.
There are various methods to convert Venn diagrams to Euler diagrams and vice versa. Check out this great wiki article about Euler diagrams which explains some methods you can use to convert Venn diagrams to Euler diagrams. I hope the above examples helped you clear your doubts about Venn diagrams vs Euler diagrams. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section.
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