Here is a rundown of our 5 most interesting findings:1) Revenge is sweet, but can’t always be hurried… It took 80 years for Mexico to get revenge on France! They lost to France in 1930 but didn’t settle the score with them until 2012. 2) … except when it can In the 1954 tournament in Switzerland, Hungary beat West Germany, but later lost to them in the final. 3) There is a ‘Victor’s Curse’! The current champions haven’t made it out of the group stages this year, and this is by no means an isolated incident. Indeed, only three world champions have ever made it to the finals in the tournament following their victory:
- Argentina won in 1986 and then got to the final in 1990
- Italy won in 1934 and then got to the final in 1938
- Brazil won in 1958 and then got to the final in 1962.
- Brazil’s team has never lost a match in 1958, 1994, 1970, 2002, 1978, 1986, 1996.
- Second place goes to Italy, which suffered no normal play losses in 1998, 2006, 1938, 1982, 1934, 1990.
- England comes in third, as it never lost a match in 1982, 2006, and, of course 1966.
- Anthony Seric (Croatia)
- Antonio Juliano (Italy)
- Marek Kusto (Poland)
- Borislav Mikhailov (Bulgaria)
- Francisco Urruticoechea (Spain)
Gathering these insights was a lot of fun, but belies a more serious intent. Organisations can use graph databases such as Neo4j to manage and explore data in ways they would never have been able to, using conventional, relational databases. Critically, they enable us to understand the relationships between different items, not just their quantity, location, etc. Indeed, many leading businesses are already attuned to this and are making the most out of the benefits.
For example, Shutl, an eBay company, is using Neo4j, our graph database, to determine the quickest possible way to deliver an item from sellers to buyer within the same day. When planning routes on its previous, relational database it could take several minutes to crunch the data – now it takes a second, the Neo4j-powered system provides up to fifty different alternative routes.
We think graph databases will change the way organisations think about and harness big data – and our brief look at this summer’s football gives just a hint of what’s possible. Drop us a line if you would like to find out more about our regular Hackathon events.For more information visit: www.Neo4j.com and read the post here