Diagrammatic Representation and Reasoning: Some Distinctions

B. Chandrasekaran

When I coedited the book, "Diagrammatic Reasoning," I often puzzled over the fact that rather different sorts of things were dubbed diagrammatic reasoning by different authors. I then spent sometime trying to categorize the different types of use of diagram.~ and the different tasks that they served. This short article is the result of that study. The distinctions I make here apply not simply to so-called diagrammatic reasoning, but the larger set of activities that have been called spatial and visual reasoning.

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