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Mental Models Box (Data)

This is the repository for the data used in the mentalmodelsbox.com website.

A separate app repository is used to manage the front-end application.

Overview

Models are stored as YAML files. The one liner, description, and example fields use Markdown. Use of HTML tags within Markdown is not supported.

The overall structure of a file is:

id: some-id
name: Mental Model Name
oneliner: >
  Short overview of the model (preferably one line).
description: >
  Longer description of the model.
wikipedia: Link to Wikipedia article (if available).
examples:
  - >
    An example of the model in use.
  - >
    Another example--the goal is to have at least two for each model.
categories:
  - Category 1
  - Category 2

File names use the following structure:

[incrementing-integer]-[model-id].yml

Models currently use one or more of the following categories:

  • biases
  • modeling
  • problem-solving
  • relationships
  • social-phenomena

If you are adding additional categories, please update past models with them (if applicable).

Style

This repo uses the Red Hat YAML VSCode extension for formatting with the following settings:

  • Print Width: 80
  • Single Quote '
  • Prose Wrap: Always

License

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 License

Most of the model information has been sourced from Wikipedia and a link to the corresponding article is provided for each model when available.

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