Category Archives: Problems

Finding Fraud Part Two

In the last blog post, we saw how we can use Neo4j to find the merchants where credit card fraud originated or was used for testing stolen data in order to prevent further fraudulent charges. It stemmed from a webinar on our amazing youtube channel with has hundreds of videos about graphs and Neo4j. We will continue diving in to the technical details by looking at how Neo4j can help you find Fraud Rings. The way this fraud works is that a large set of synthetic accounts are created and act like normal customers. Over time they request higher and higher levels of credit which they pay back on time. Then they all request the maximum credit they can get, take out the money, and disappear! Let’s find them before this happens.

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Finding Fraud

It’s no secret that one of our hottest use cases lately has been Fraud Detection. A while back we did a webinar talking about some of the ways you could use Neo4j to fight fraud. Watch it, if you haven’t yet. Today I want to augment that webinar with some cypher queries. Let’s see how it works:
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Vendor Benchmarks

How does the saying go? There are lies, damned lies, and benchmarks. I’ve already made my feelings about database vendor benchmarks known, but in case you missed it. They are complete fabrications. Never to be trusted, never ever. Never. But vendors love to do benchmarks, they love spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt instead of spending their time doing productive things like creating useful content that teaches people how to use their product. I wish I could just ignore this nonsense and focus on what really matters, like helping our customers to successful production rollouts, but alas, here we are.

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Filtering Connected Dynamic Forms

Sometimes I contrast Neo4j against relational databases by saying Neo4j is more like a dynamic typed language, and relational databases are more like a static typed language. In Neo4j you don’t have Tables or table definitions, any property can be of any valid value (Java primitives, arrays of Java primitives as well as time and spatial types). Two nodes with the same Label can have completely different properties, and any key can be of any type for different nodes. So for example a User labeled node may have the “id” property be “xyz”, while the “id” property for a Location labeled node may be a spatial type… but another User labeled node may also have the “id” property be a number or an array of floats, or whatever. This kind of freedom can drive people crazy, but it can also be leveraged to make very dynamic applications easy.
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Neo4j Stored Procedures for Devs that don’t know Java (yet)

When I joined Neo4j, I didn’t know how to write Java. I was a SQL developer who knew some Ruby and that’s about it. Luckily I had Michael Hunger, Stefan Armbruster, David Montag and others to help me out. I realize however that you may not be so lucky. So today I’m going to share with you a set of slides to help you start you on your journey of using the full power of Neo4j.
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Dynamic Rule Based Decision Trees in Neo4j – Part 4

So far I’ve only showed you how to traverse a decision tree in Neo4j. The assumption being that you would either create the rules yourself from expert knowledge or via an external algorithm. Today we’re going to add an algorithm to build a decision tree (well a decision stream) right into Neo4j. We will simply pass in the training data and let it build the tree for us. If you are reading this part without reading parts one, two, and three, you should because this builds on what we learned along the way.

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Dynamic Rule Based Decision Trees in Neo4j – Part 3

At Graph Connect this year I did a short lightning talk on building Decision Trees using Neo4j. The slides are up and down below, the video is up. After the talk, someone asked, “What if we don’t know all the facts ahead of time?”. They wanted to be able to step through the tree and ask for the facts as needed at each step. So today we’re going to see how to do that.
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Building a Dating site with Neo4j – Part Twelve

It’s time to add “visions of love” to our dating site. So far our posts have been just text status updates and while it is possible to fall in love with someone’s words, it’s harder if they look like the troll that lives under the bridge. So what’s the plan here? Well… like most databases out there, it’s not a good idea to store images in Neo4j. What we are going to store instead is a link to where the image resides… but we also don’t want to deal with having images all over our file system and then having to worry about storage space and replicating them, geographically distributing them for faster access, etc. Hosting images is a problem solved by the use of Content Delivery Networks. So let’s leverage one and build our feature.
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Building a Dating site with Neo4j – Part Eleven

Up to this point, our users can send and receive messages, but we don’t have a way to show them all of their conversations, only one conversation at a time and they have to guess who messaged them before they can see those. Not very useful, what we need is a directory of all the conversations our user is part of. Let’s go ahead and add this feature to tie things together.
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Building a Dating site with Neo4j – Part Ten

A few days ago I taught the Neo4j Modeling class in Dallas… well my own version of the class since I teach some of the older material plus some of my blog posts. If you ever get the chance, take the class, it will open your eyes at what is possible when “third normal form” gets thrown out the window and a whole new world of possibilities is before you. The next modeling class I’m teaching will be at Graph Connect in NYC on September 20-21, 2018. I recommend you join me, unless of course you are looking at this after it occurred, then catch the next one.
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