In a math book, should I write "diagram 3" or explicitly "diagram at the figure 3", when referring to a diagram in a displayed figure? (The title of the figure (as autogenerated by LaTeX) is "Figure 3." not "Diagram 3".)

  • What are the diagrams of and why are there more than one per figure?
    – TriskalJM
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 16:47
  • @TriskalJM Why have you decided that there more than one diagram per figure? Usually there is at most one diagram per figure. In my case a diagram is a part of a figure. A figure may consist of a caption, a diagram, and a description (so called "legend") of what the diagram means
    – porton
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 17:29
  • I thought multiple diagrams would be weird, but I thought it'd be best to ask. When referring to it in the text, the Figure is counted as a unit.
    – TriskalJM
    Commented Apr 6, 2016 at 17:33

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You should refer to it as Figure 3. For the purposes of the text, the diagram is the part that counts. The caption and anything else are information that augments the diagram.

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