Monthly Archives: July 2012

HCIR 2012

A tweet from RiparianData caught my eye the other day:

I built with this idea of “expert and expertise discovery” using skill based vouching adjusted by the distance from searcher to target as a way to find rank. So I dug in and found out that Human-computer Information Retrieval (HCIR) combines research from the fields of human-computer interaction (HCI) and information retrieval (IR), placing an emphasis on human involvement in search activities.

The HCIR challenge for this years symposium includes “hiring,” “assembling a conference program,” and “finding people to deliver patent research or expert testimony” as summarized by Patrick Durusau.
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Graph Generator

Update: Code to this project is available on Github.

In the US Air Guitar Championships, competitors use their talents to fret on an “invisible” guitar to rock a live crowd and deliver a performance that transcends the imitation of a real guitar and becomes an art form in and of itself. The key factor that determines the winner is having the elusive quality of “Airness“. When considering using Neo4j in a project, one of the key considerations is having a domain model that yields itself to a graph representation. In other words, does your data have “Graphiness“. However, it didn’t dawn on me until recently that when starting a proof of concept, you probably don’t have that data (or enough of it) or maybe your security guys won’t let you within 100 miles of the company production data with this newfangled nosql thingamajig.
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Batch Importer – Part 3

At the end of February, we took a look at Michael Hunger’s Batch Importer. It is a great tool to load millions of nodes and relationships into Neo4j quickly. The only thing it was missing was Indexing… I say was, because I just submitted a pull request to add this feature. Let’s go through how it was done so you get an idea of what the Neo4j Batch Import API looks like, and in the next blog post I’ll show you how to generate data to take advantage of it.
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