6.3. Basic friend finding based on social neighborhood

Imagine an example graph like the following one:

Figure 6.3. Graph

To find out the friends of Joe’s friends that are not already his friends, the query looks like this:

Parameters 

{ }

Query 

MATCH (joe { name: 'Joe' })-[:knows*2..2]-(friend_of_friend)
WHERE NOT (joe)-[:knows]-(friend_of_friend)
RETURN friend_of_friend.name, COUNT(*)
ORDER BY COUNT(*) DESC , friend_of_friend.name

This returns a list of friends-of-friends ordered by the number of connections to them, and secondly by their name.

Result

friend_of_friend.nameCOUNT(*)
3 rows

"Ian"

2

"Derrick"

1

"Jill"

1