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Writing a Cypher Stored Procedure

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I’ve been so busy these last 6 months I just finally got around to watching Luke Cage on Netflix. The season 1 episode 5 intro is Jidenna performing “Long live the Chief” and it made me pause the series while I figured out who that was. I’m mostly a hard rock and heavy metal guy, but I do appreciate great pieces of lyrical work and this song made me take notice. Coincidently on the Neo4j Users Slack (get an invite) @sleo asked…
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Scaling Cypher Writes

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Let’s talk about writes, baby. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things. And the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about writes, and indexing and batching, and transactions in Neo4j. Let’s start with my environment. A 3 year old MacBook Pro (dying to get the new ones… once they finally come out) running a 4 core 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7 that is hyper-threading and pretending to have 8. An Apple SM256E SSD that is about average as far as SSDs go. So definitely not a production grade server, so bear that in mind.
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Translating Cypher To Neo4j Java API 2.0

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About 6 months ago we looked at how to translate a few lines of Cypher in to way too much Java code in version 1.9.x. Since then Cypher has changed and I suck a little less at Java, so I wanted to share a few different ways to translate one into the other just in case you stuck in a mid-eighties time warp and are paid by the number of lines of code you write per hour.

But first, lemme take a #Selfie let’s make some data. Michael Hunger has a series of blog posts on getting and creating data in Neo4j, we’ll steal borrow his ideas. Let’s create 100k nodes:

WITH ["Jennifer","Michelle","Tanya","Julie","Christie","Sophie","Amanda","Khloe","Sarah","Kaylee"] AS names 
FOREACH (r IN range(0,100000) | CREATE (:User {username:names[r % size(names)]+r}))

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Translating Cypher to Java

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The expressive power of Cypher is already awesome and getting better with the Neo4j 2.0 release. Let’s take a step back from the bleeding edge and see Cypher in 1.9.4 and how it can be translated into Java. First a simple example where we look up a User node by an index and return a list of usernames belonging to the people who are that user’s friends:

START me = node:Users(username='maxdemarzi')
MATCH me -[:FRIENDS]-> people
RETURN people.username

The Cypher statement expresses what I want even better than my botched explanation in English. So how would we do this in the Neo4j Java API?
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Facebook Graph Search with Cypher and Neo4j

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Facebook Graph Search has given the Graph Database community a simpler way to explain what it is we do and why it matters. I wanted to drive the point home by building a proof of concept of how you could do this with Neo4j. However, I don’t have six months or much experience with NLP (natural language processing). What I do have is Cypher. Cypher is Neo4j’s graph language and it makes it easy to express what we are looking for in the graph. I needed a way to take “natural language” and create Cypher from it. This was going to be a problem.
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Personalization with Cypher

You hopefully have seen a TV commercial from “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” marketing campaign put on by Old Spice, and you may have seen some of the over 100 videos Isaiah Mustafa appeared in responding to comments made on Twitter. This is a great example of personalization, and today you’ll learn how you can bring some personalization to your application, and you won’t need muscles or a horse.

We’re going to dust off the Neoflix project from the beginning of the year and add a few features. It has been updated to work on Neo4j version 1.7 and allows searching for movies that have a quote. Thanks to Jenn Alons and Vince Cima for the bug fixes during WindyCityDB.
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Visualizing a Network with Cypher and D3.js

We’ve seen some pretty nice visualizations of nodes and their immediate neighbors, but we want to be able to visualize more. So we’re going to prepare a 200 node network, use Cypher to extract the data we want and visualize it with D3.js.
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Cypher with Neography

Cypher is the query language of Neo4j, and as promised I’ll show you how you can use it to implement friend recommendations as well as degrees of separation.

We can send any cypher query to Neo4j via the REST API and neography using the execute_query command. Let’s implement suggestions_for so it sends a cypher query to the server:

def suggestions_for(node)
  node_id = node["self"].split('/').last.to_i
  @neo.execute_query("START me = node({node_id})
                      MATCH (me)-[:friends]->(friend)-[:friends]->(foaf)
                      RETURN foaf.name", {:node_id => node_id})["data"]
end

puts "Johnathan should become friends with #{suggestions_for(johnathan).join(', ')}"

# RESULT
# Johnathan should become friends with Mary, Phil

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Transmuting Documents into Graphs

Alchemy is a philosophical and protoscientific tradition practiced throughout Europe, Africa and Asia. Its aim is to purify, mature, and perfect certain objects. In popular culture we often see the case of shadowy figures trying to turn lead into gold to make themselves immensely rich or to ruin the world economy. In our case we will not be transmuting lead into gold, but documents into graphs which is just as good. In the past, we had used “Alchemy API” but they were purchased by IBM and retired. You can get similar functionality with IBM Watson, but let’s do something else instead. Let’s add Entity Extraction right into Neo4j.
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Offers with Neo4j

If you have started or are thinking about starting a Graph project, you ought to get in touch with me. I’ve been involved in hundreds of graph database backed projects and chances are I can point you in the right direction. It doesn’t cost anything to get on a goto meeting for an hour and talk about it. Contact me at max@neo4j.com to schedule it. If you are very serious and have a little budget allocated then I recommend you sign up for one of our bootcamps. You’ll be amazed at what we can accomplish together in a very short time. I’ll even make you a deal, if you sign up for a bootcamp and end up buying a commercial license, we’ll give you a week of professional services absolutely free.
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