*Above, a Venn diagram I made visually depicting every combination of Dwarf from the fairy tale. Not included: Snow White.*
The other day I was tying to make some multi-set Venn diagrams with polar symmetry, which it turns out is harder than you'd think and has ties with prime number theory. It's an obscure but important area of combinatorics. Everybody knows a 3-set one (n=3), and I made a 5-set one with ellipses (pictured to the right). After that, I was stumped. That led me to a great web section maintained by Professors Frank Ruskey and Mark Weston. The Dwarf diagram at the top is based on that work, with Sleepy a little more opaque so you can see the shape. Ruskey and Weston display lots of lovely diagrams, including the elusive n=7 minimum vertex Venn diagram and the remarkable n=11 Venn diagram.

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You are cool, Andrea.

You forgot Trippy

When their numbers had been reduced from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry…

this blows my mind in ways I didn’t even know it could be blown

I always preferred Zen diagrams, which consist of a single circle and nothing written inside.

I’m not sure I get it. Isn’t the Venn diagram used to illustrate overlapping sets? As the Seven Dwarfs don’t have common parts why would they be diagrammed in this way?

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You can have a set of 1. This Venn diagram illustrates all possible combinations of 7 sets, each of which happens to contain 1 item (a Dwarf) in this case. Let’s say this is a chart of the Dwarfs whom Snow White likes. If Snow White likes all the Dwarfs except Grumpy, she could show where that combination exists on this diagram. If she likes Sleepy, Doc, and Bashful but no others, she can point to where that combination exists on this diagram. Same for every other possible combination of Dwarfs. Or it could be a chart of who has the day off. Every combination of Dwarfs available to work is represented on the diagram.

This Venn diagram describes who has slept with whom, including any combination thereof. Snow White’s name has been removed from the center, in another Disney lawsuit.

I was taught its never a complete Venn diagram until you show the universal set…

the n=11 diagram is a beautiful piece of work, truly. one of those things where, at first glance, you know it’s not random, but it takes a lot of careful study to figure out exactly what it means. and from such a simple question!

Interesting…

…but when you mix all colors on the dwarven wheel, you are supposed to end up with (Snow) White…

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