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Connected

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Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives is a mind bending look at how no matter how individual we think we are, the people around us have a great amount of influence in our lives. One of the authors James Fowler was at GraphConnect 2012 and gave a presentation on this idea:
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Hunting Trolls with Neo4j!

Allison Sparrow shared a link to Patentula, a company interested in finding better ways to explore patent data and hunt patent trolls. What caught my attention is this quote from the video below:

What we tried to do with it, is bypass any sort of keyword processing in order to find similar patents. The reason we’ve done this is to avoid the problems encountered by other systems that rely on natural language processing or semantic analysis simply because patents are built to avoid detection by similar keywords…we use network topology (specifically citation network topology) to mine the US patent database in order to predict similar documents.

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