Why a Diagram is (Sometimes) Worth Ten Thousand Words

@article{Larkin1987WhyAD,
  title={Why a Diagram is (Sometimes) Worth Ten Thousand Words},
  author={Jill H. Larkin and Herbert A. Simon},
  journal={Cognitive Science},
  year={1987},
  volume={11},
  pages={65-100}
}
We distinguish diagrammatic from sentential paper-and-pencil representationsof information by developing alternative models of information-processing systems that are informationally equivalent and that can be characterized as sentential or diagrammatic. Sentential representations are sequential, like the propositions in a text. Dlogrammotlc representations ore indexed by location in a plane. Diogrommatic representations also typically display information that is only implicit in sententiol… CONTINUE READING
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