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

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Looking for patterns

Expanding on and adding to the previous points on visualization, there is another great reason to interact with Neo4j in a visual way. The fact is that graph visualizations allow humans to really use an otherwise underused capacity of our brains: pattern recognition. When we interact with data in the traditional way (through lists of things, tabular structured reports, and summary statistics), it is very difficult for our brain to discern any kind of pattern. We would need to read, assimilate, and cognitively process all data before anything like that would become possible. However, with graph visualization, in many cases we can just leverage the primal capability that we have built into our machinery: the ability to ...

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