Monthly Archives: May 2012

Key Players

In the late 90s Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman of the Chicago Bulls dominated the basketball court. They were the key players of the Chicago Bulls, and dominated the NBA offensively and defensively. When exploring a social network you’ll want to find who the key players are for a variety of reasons:

Disrupt: Who should be removed from the network to disrupt it?
Protect: Who should be protected in order to keep the network functioning?
Influence: Who should be influenced in order to change social opinion?
Learn: Who should be questioned in order to know what is going on?
Redirect: Who should be moved to alter social flows?
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Relationships

When working with relational databases, the join tables are sometimes treated as second class citizens. If they are lucky, they’ll get some additional fields, but are often just placeholder tables connecting your main object tables together. It leads you to think about objects first, and relationships second. With graphs, you will want to switch up your thinking. You want to start thinking about how things are connected. Think about the different ways things are connected. Two people can be friends, co-workers, and neighbors all at the same time.
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Slides from Chicago Graph Database April Meet-up

Thank you again to Groupon Engineering! They hosted our Graph Database Meet-up at their Headquarters.

Join us May 31st, 2012 for our next meet-up Add data from your existing Application into Neo4j.

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