The efficacy of diagrams in syllogistic reasoning: A case of linear diagrams

Yuri Sato, Koji Mineshima

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We study the efficacy of external diagrams in syllogistic reasoning, focusing on the effectiveness of a linear variant of Euler diagrams. We tested subjects' performances in syllogistic reasoning tasks where linear diagrams were externally supplied. The results indicated that the linear diagrams work as effectively as Euler diagrams. It is argued that the relational information such as inclusion and exclusion is crucial for understanding the efficacy of diagrams in syllogistic reasoning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-355
Number of pages4
JournalLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume7352 LNAI
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 13
Event7th International Conference on the Theory and Application of Diagrams, Diagrams 2012 - Canterbury, United Kingdom
Duration: 2012 Jul 22012 Jul 6

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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