[Neo4j] Neo4j in GIS Applications

Peter Neubauer peter.neubauer at neotechnology.com
Mon Oct 10 15:11:05 CEST 2011

of course you could use native external indicies instead of in-graph
structures, but then you loose much of the topology capabilities of a
connected graph. However, probably it's a good idea to provide some
example of that, too. Got a link to a good native RTree implementation
that could be used?


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On Mon, Oct 10, 2011 at 11:56 AM, danielb <danielberchtold at gmail.com> wrote:
> Retrieving data in constant time sounds very promising especially for routing
> purposes. Did you allready have thoughts on algorithms that use hierarchies
> or contraction of the network? In our students project we implemented some
> approaches to reduce search space and have thoughts on the heuristics used
> for A*. When travel speed comes into concern we got very different results
> with SLD heuristics. Maybe this could be of interest for Neo4j.
> When doing bounding box queries the only advantage of Neo4j could be better
> spatial locality of data ('nodes' and 'ways' both stored in the same
> container). Everything else is up to the r-tree performance as in PostGIS,
> which uses an improved r-tree in GIST. Maybe you can do an r-tree search for
> the first node near the center of the bounding box and with some magic
> retrieve the surrounding nodes with graph traversing... At least I will
> think about this, if you can improve bounding box queries over PostGIS.
> When I switch to a low zoomlevel I want to use generalization and
> simplification of mapdata. In Neo4j I can model that within subgraphs I
> guess? For example have different relationships for different zoomlevels (I
> skip some nodes of a way for example). I could also build a routing network
> within subgraphs where I skip non-junction nodes for example?
> Btw what do you think from building a graph inside a relational database? As
> I understand now it would be very inefficient because you would have at
> least two tables (vertices and edges) and have to do time demanding joins
> with the two foreign key colums in the edge table.
> Regards, Daniel
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