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A Librarian's Guide to Graphs, Data and the Semantic Web by James Powell

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Graphs and how to make them

We encounter graphs all around us both in the physical world and in representations of that world. It turns out that simple graphs are intuitively easy for people to understand, and so they are often used to represent information. Our families are collections of entities (people) who have relationships to one another (marriage or by birth). Science has found a great many uses for graphs as they explore systems which have a great many actors and numerous relationships among them. They have devised numerous methods over the years to explore these graphs and quantify their characteristics. This chapter introduces a few graphs we encounter in everyday life, and then explores some common characteristics of graphs. It discusses ...

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