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Although there is no rigorous right or wrong with mind maps, they are usually considered to be based on radial hierarchies and tree structures denoting relationships with a central governing concept. So the answer to your question is yes. Similar types of visualizations which are less hierarchical are concept maps and semantic networks.


The core of mind mapping is association. If you assume that you are contemplating subject A and from there you get associations with B,C,D...; associations are generally between 2 subjects, you will end with a structure that is largely hierarchical. Now if someone builds software the chance is that he/she reduces that to a strictly hierarchical ...

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