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Learning Neo4j 3.x - Second Edition by Rik Van Bruggen, Jérôme Baton

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A graph model – a simple, high-fidelity model of reality

Let's take a quick look at how we can avoid the complexity mentioned previously in the graph world. In the following figure, you will find the graph model and relational model side by side:

The relational model versus the graph model

On the right-hand side of the image, you will see the three tables in the relational model:

  • A customers table with a number of customer records
  • An Accounts table with a number of accounts of these customers
  • A typical join table that links customers to accounts

What is important here is the implication of this construction--every single time we want to ...

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