Venn diagrams were designed to illustrate all possible mathematical or logical relationships between groups of things. They can provide handy representations of a number of phenomena (including Batman), but tend to become less useful as the size of the dataset increases.
Nevertheless, researchers at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, have created the very first example of a Venn diagram using exactly 11 sets of data (above).
As reported by New Scientist:
One of the sets is outlined in white, and the colours correspond to the number of overlapping sets. The team called their creation Newroz, Kurdish for “the new day”. The name also sounds like “new rose” in English, reflecting the diagram’s flowery appearance.
The researchers correctly note that the practical applications of the diagram are limited, but its pleasing ‘flowery’ appearance does provide a rare example of the possible crossover between data presentation and art. In fact……