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Best software for visually diagramming a series of martial art strategies?

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Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Jan 22, 2023 at 04:12 PM


As far as I understand, what you describe overall is a Decision Tree, with the added potential of linking to external resources, e.g., videos, in the various nodes. A quick search for decision tree graph software will bring up plenty of programmes, both desktop and web, dedicated or with a broader scope, which should be able to cover the main requirements.

A caveat is the (non-)duplication of “situations reachable via multiple roads”. This implies multiple parents for those nodes (“situations”) and this is tricky to show in a graph. For this I see three options:

(a) Replace such repeated situations with named or numbered references, e.g., “see Situation X1”, wherever they appear; practical, but perhaps not visual enough.
(b) Use relationship links which bypass hierarchy; more visual, but can become messy if you have many such links.
(c) Use a software that supports multiple parents like TheBrain; this is the cleaner and probably more flexible solution, also with a strong search, but is mostly unsuitable for printing.

digeratus wrote:
>But I want to be able to have “situations” which can be referred to in
>multiple places in the diagram… (e.g. he has my sleeve and lapel, and
>I have his),  since many situations would be reachable via multiple
>roads. Those shouldn’t need to be duplicated.
> >And it would also be useful to have searchable attributes automatically
>added: e.g. show all decision nodes that are “children” of a certain
>grip position… even if those children are in radically different
>branches of the map.