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"Spider diagram" has another (disputed) meaning in mathematics - see the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_diagram Wikipedia entry].  The term "spidergram" has an alternative meaning in [http://instruct.uwo.ca/earth-sci/300b-001/spider.htm| geology] and another in representing [http://books.google.com/books?id=JzetfPqHNUQC&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=spidergrams&source=bl&ots=wnzc_i4fm4&sig=0Hzc7YdAdHnukCQb0rVn_FvZezk&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=26&ct=result#PPA15,M1| data] where the spidergrams look like radar plots / radar chart webs.
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"Spider diagram" has another (disputed) meaning in mathematics - see the [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spider_diagram Wikipedia entry].  The term "spidergram" has an alternative meaning in [http://instruct.uwo.ca/earth-sci/300b-001/spider.htm geology] and another in representing [http://books.google.com/books?id=JzetfPqHNUQC&pg=PA14&lpg=PA14&dq=spidergrams&source=bl&ots=wnzc_i4fm4&sig=0Hzc7YdAdHnukCQb0rVn_FvZezk&hl=en&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=26&ct=result#PPA15,M1 data] where the spidergrams look like radar plots / radar chart webs.

Revision as of 03:12, 9 December 2008

The outline of a spidergram

Spidergrams, spidergraphs, spider diagrams and spider maps are all terms used to describe a mindmap-like hierarchical diagram. There is no authoritative definition of these terms, just common use from which a general description can be derived.

Spidergrams DO:

  • Have a central topic,
  • organize information in a pure hierarchy,
  • have text on horizontal node lines,
  • typically employ long phrases, or sentences.


Spidergrams RARELY:

  • use color,
  • use curved lines (other than round the central topic),
  • make much use of images added to the diagram,
  • have just one or two words entries (unlike a Buzan mind map),
  • use bubbles or boxes around nodes (see bubble diagram.


Other uses of these terms[edit]

“Spider diagram” has another (disputed) meaning in mathematics – see the Wikipedia entry. The term “spidergram” has an alternative meaning in geology and another in representing data where the spidergrams look like radar plots / radar chart webs.