Flow chart

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Template for manual drawing of flow charts, SEL , late 1950s

In organizational theory, a flowchart illustrates a workflow by prescribing a sequence of decisions and instructions . A symbol in the diagram usually corresponds to a state or a change of state, and a specific sequence corresponds to a path through the diagram. A flow chart usually contains optional paths and thus case-specific instructions.

In addition to the illustration of algorithms , flowcharts are suitable for representing processes and activities, for example for making decisions in repair instructions, for representing business models and in medical diagnostics.

There are different notations for flowcharts . The program schedule (PAP, also flowchart or flowchart) is widespread . Other examples are the Nassi-Shneiderman diagram or the Jackson diagram . Another related form of representation is the decision tree . Also UML offers different chart types that are suitable for the visualization of processes and activities.

Flow charts are related to graphical programming languages . While a flowchart is used to illustrate an algorithm, a graphic program can be executed on a computer.

Web link

Commons : Flowchart  - collection of images, videos and audio files

See also

Program schedule