Building Spatial Search Algorithms for Neo4j

21 Nov, 2019

Graphs and Geospatial are natural partners. And yet, Neo4j has native support for only the simplest spatial type, the Point. Is this a problem? What if you want to perform more complex spatial searches, spatial modeling or spatial algorithms using complex types like polygons and multi-polygons? At graphconnect 2018 we showed you how to write a web app that demonstrated route finding using A-Star and spatial search using a point-in-polygon algorithm. This talk will take that further, showing you how to write your own spatial algorithms for more complex analyses and how to integrate them into a web-app through user defined functions accessible with Cypher queries. To demonstrate this we will use a new library we’ve been working on to prototype complex spatial algorithms within Neo4j.