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Applying Graph Analysis and Manipulation to Data Stores

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Marko Rodriguez and Peter Neubauer, the leaders of TinkerPop, the open-source graph software initiative, discuss the project, its members, and its goals.

TinkerPop facilitates the application of graphs to various engineering problems, the leaders say. A graph can "rapidly traverse structures to an arbitrary depth . . . and with an arbitrary path description." Graph processing software provides a unique way of thinking about data processing that Rodriguez and Neubauer call the graph traversal pattern. "This mind set is much different from the set theoretic notions of the relational database world," they say. "In the world of graphs, everything is seen as a walk — a traversal."

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