It’s taken some time, but Microsoft’s $26 billion purchase of LinkedIn is finally starting to show some interesting results, with LinkedIn data starting to show up in tools like Outlook.
It’s the first sign of Microsoft using the social network’s relationship graph, the complex data set that was the reason for one of Microsoft’s biggest Silicon Valley acquisitions.Under the hood, a social network like LinkedIn is nothing more than a huge NoSQL graph database, using a schema-less approach to managing semistructured data.

Each node in the graph is an individual, with all his or her profile data.

Each node is linked to others, tens or hundreds for people with a few connections, thousands for highly connected individuals. Queries traverse those connections, letting you find all the people you know working on AI, or who are based in Ontario, or who used to work at LinkedIn.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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