Encyclopedia of Big Data Technologies

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| Editors: Sherif Sakr, Albert Zomaya

Graph Path Navigation

  • Marcelo Arenas
  • Pablo Barceló
  • Leonid Libkin
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63962-8_214-1



Navigational query languages for graph databases allow to recursively traverse the edges of a graph while checking for the existence of a path that satisfies certain regular conditions. The basic building block of such languages is the class of regular path queries (RPQs), which are expressions that compute the pairs of nodes that are linked by a path whose label satisfies a regular expression. RPQs are often extended with features that turn them more flexible for practical applications, e.g., with the ability to traverse edges in the backward direction (RPQs with inverses) or to express arbitrary patterns over the data (conjunctive RPQs).


Graph Databases

Graph databases provide a natural encoding of many types of data where one needs to deal with objects and relationships between them. An object is represented as a node, and a relationship between two objects is represented as an edge, where labels...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pontificia Universidad Católica de ChileSantiagoChile
  2. 2.Universidad de ChileSantiagoChile
  3. 3.School of InformaticsUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hannes Voigt
    • 1
  • George Fletcher
    • 2
  1. 1.Dresden Database Systems GroupTechnische Universität DresdenDresdenGermany
  2. 2.Department of Mathematics and Computer ScienceEindhoven University of Technology