1. In a system with P terms, it should be possible to identify by analysis (with computer assistance and graphic output) configurations of the P terms (linked by Q relationships), selected in order of their degree of symmetry for a given value of P. Constraints on the maximum and minimum value of Q in each case could also be partially determined in terms of symmetry requirements. Tables of such configurations, without considering symmetry, have been produced by Frank Harary ( 124). The less symmetrical structures, for a given P value, should then prove to be those of less probable value in the representation of the central concept -- although possibly of more value in representing an aspect of it. And indeed the "traditional" diagrams are those which are likely to be prominent in the results - although valuable new ones may well be discovered by this procedure.
2. The same procedure may now be applied for the representation of P-term systems in 3 dimensions. Here the symmetry constraints are more severe. This procedure should preferentially select the regular and semi-regular polyhedra (when P is even) or less well-known structures (when P is odd) (22), (23), (125).
3. The procedure may be made more powerful if, for a given P-term system the structure selected is based upon P equal to:
- either number of edges of the structure
- or number of sides of the structure
- or number of vertexes of the structure (as above)
- or number of axes of symmetry.
4. A variation on the procedure in 2 dimensions is to allow each term to be represented:
- by, the same simple shape (circle, square, etc) and to select syrntnetric configurations in which the relationships are represented either by the points of contact between shapes or from implicit symmetry features (see (22), (30), and (36) on net diagrams for example).
- or by different simple shapes, each characterising a different aspect.
5. Again this variation may be applied in 3 dimensions using simple solids instead of flat shapes. As mentioned earlier the possible configurations are then governed by well-known packing constraints (22), (23).