Living graph

In terms of knowledge representation, a living graph (also referred to as a "lifeline", "living timeline"[1] or "fortune line".[2]) is a graph similar to a chronology timeline which places events along a horizontal axis, while the vertical axis is used to represent factors such as an emotional reaction to those events, or the event's relative importance, its success or failure, danger/safety, etc. The choices are endless. In this sense they have been described as being "timelines with attitude".[1] Their main use appears to be as teaching aids. The student is encouraged to look at historical events from a particular perspective in order to aid understanding.


  1. Dawson, Ian; Dawson, Patricia Ann. "Introducing Living Graphs". Retrieved 25 March 2010. from Thinking History website
  2. "Living Graphs and Fortune Lines" (PDF). The National Strategies. Retrieved 25 March 2010.