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This is a Venn diagram example that shows the characteristics of mammals and fish, which are grouped as two ovals. The characteristics that are in common are placed inside the overlapping region of the two ovals. Venn diagram is widely used to illustrate the logical relationships between multiple sets of items.

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Venn diagram (also called set diagram) represents logical sets pictorially as circles, common elements of the sets being represented by intersections of the circles. This type of diagram is used in scientific and engineering presentations, in theoretical mathematics, in computer applications, and in statistics. Venn diagrams can also be utilized as a visual representation of the concepts and their association with each other. Venn diagrams use circles to represent ideas and to illustrate the relationship between the ideas. The area where the circles overlap represents commonality between the ideas, and the areas that do not overlap represent dissimilar ideas. Venn diagrams can be useful while brainstorming topics as a way to organize ideas as well as to determine the similarities and differences between them.

- Begin by drawing two or more overlapping circles using either the drawing or shape functions.
- There should be one circle for each topic or item being compared in the diagram. For example, a quadruple diagram is possible, but it begins to look crowded.
- A Venn diagram is generally not suitable for comparing more than four things, although multiple diagrams could be used together, depending on the topics under consideration.
- Remember that the diagram should be kept simple and brief. The best diagrams use only individual words or short phrases.