Creating a Graph Database from a Set of Documents

University essay from KTH/Skolan för datavetenskap och kommunikation (CSC)

Abstract: In the context of search, it may be advantageous in some use-cases to have documents saved in a graph database rather than a document-orientated database. Graph databases are able to model relationships between objects, in this case documents, in ways which allow for efficient retrieval, as well as search queries that are slightly more specific or complex. This report will attempt to explore the possibilities of storing an existing set of documents into a graph database. A Named Entity Recognizer was used on a set of news articles in order to extract entities from each news article’s body of text. News articles that contain the same entities are then connected to each other in the graph. Ideas to improve this entity extraction are also explored. The method of evaluation that was utilized in this report proved not to be ideal for this task in that only a relative measure was given, not an absolute one. As such, no absolute answer with regards to the quality of the method can be presented. It is clear that improvements can be made, and the result should be subject to further study.

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