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Affinity clustering template

A graphic technique for sorting items according to similarity

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Philosopher Otto Weininger said, “All genius is a conquering of chaos and mystery.” Sometimes in the midst of a project, an overwhelming amount of information or ambiguity threatens to bog down the pace of progress. Affinity Clustering will help you avoid this roadblock. Whether analyzing research data or considering creative ideas, you can use this method to organize items into logical groups. It is an easy way to bring order to chaos!

Patterns are revealed when teams sort items based on perceived similarity, defining commonalities that are inherent but not necessarily obvious. In this way you are able to draw insights and new ideas out of otherwise disparate pieces of information. Discerning patterns among data (or any multitude of items) is also a useful way of taming complexity. As professor Herb Simon said, “Most of the complex structures found in the world are enormously redundant, and we can use this redundancy to simplify their description.”

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