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Constructed Cartography diagram

Spread of Knowledge

Constructed Cartography seeks to measure how closely related, or similar, things are without regard to physical distances.  The idea can be extended to items such as knowledge or symptoms which have no physical location.  For example, monitoring A1c (long term blood-sugar control) and monitoring retirement funds are closely related in that they both concern older adults, while acquiring basic social and math skills such as “sharing” and “one plus one equal two” are also close to one another in that they both concern younger children.  Therefore, by constructed cartography, measuring A1c and retirement are “close” to one another and measuring A1c and learning basic math skills are “distant” from one another.