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What are the relationships?

Networks are a special kind of system composed of entities that have relationships with each other. These are often visualized as network diagrams using nodes (representing entities) connected by lines representing relationships.

Are the relationships hierarchical? If so, what are the hierarchies? When establishing accountability, it may be important to track a chain of command, a supply chain, or a chain of beneficial ownership.

What are the relationships between the part and the whole? Where are the relationships between “parent” and “child” elements?

Tree diagrams, network diagrams, mind maps, and flow charts are some useful chart types for visualizing relationships. Visualizing and navigating large-scale networks of hundreds or thousands of nodes is a particular challenge.