Managing Data in xGT
The xGT tool implements a strongly-typed, property graph data model. The fundamental building blocks of this model are frames, tabular representations of data with prescribed data types. In order to create a frame, a user specifies the names and data types of each property (called a schema) as well as any other information specific to that structure (for instance, the key property for a vertex frame).
When a user wants to load data, they do so by loading it directly into an
existing frame, and xGT provides support for a variety of different data sources
and loading options.
Users can get frame objects either from the output of the
create_*_frame methods or by explicitly calling the
get_*_frame method with the name or names of the frames the user wants.
# *conn* is an open connection to the server. rep_to = conn.get_edge_frame('ReportsTo')
The rest of this document assumes you have set up a graph component in a python
variable in a way that is similar to
Getting data in to xGT
There are two ways to get data into xGT: across a network and from a filesystem.
All forms of getting data into xGT can be expressed by calling the
method in the
xgt python module.
The signature of the load method is:
entity may be a table, vertex, or edge frame.
paths parameter describes where xGT can find the CSV file or files.
headerMode parameter is a flag indicating whether or not the CSV data
sources contain a first line that is a header (i.e., column names) and how it
should be handled. There are four modes:
xgt.HeaderMode.NONEmeans there is no header line in the CSV file.
xgt.HeaderMode.IGNOREmeans there is a header line, but the server should ignore it entirely.
xgt.HeaderMode.NORMALmeans map the header to the schema in a relaxed way. It will ignore columns it can't map to property names and fill in columns that aren't mapped with null values.
xgt.HeaderMode.STRICTmeans xGT will raise an exception if the schema isn't fully mapped or if additional columns exist in the file and not in the schema. The header line can be modified to work with "strict" mode by using the special string
IGNOREin the header to ignore a column instead of producing an error.
1. Reading from the client filesystem
This method is the most straightforward. The
path parameter simply is
an absolute or relative path on the client's local filesystem.
vertex_frame.load('/data/path/my_vertices.csv') edge_frame.load('/data/path/my_edges.csv', '/data/path/my_other_edges.csv')
These load calls request
xgt to search the local filesystem for the files, then send them to the xGT server.
Note that if the server is running on a separate system, the data will be shipped over the network as part of these method calls.
2. Reading from the server filesystem
This method is is essentially a request for the xGT server to go looking for
and ingest the CSV files. The path is preceded with a protocol specification
xgt to pass off the request to the server (the xGT daemon).
frame.load('xgtd://data/path/example.csv') frame.load(['xgtd://data/path/myfirst.csv', 'xgtd://data/path/mysecond.csv'])
3. Reading from a URL
This method asks the xGT server to retrieve CSV-formatted data from a URL.
The protocol can be either
frame.load('http://www.example.com/data/path/example.csv') frame.load(['http://www.example.com/data/myfirst.csv', 'https://www.example.com/data/mysecond.csv'])
4. Reading from an AWS S3 bucket
This method asks the xGT server to pull CSV-formatted data directly from an AWS S3 bucket.
frame.load('s3://my-s3-bucket/data/path/example.csv') frame.load(['s3://my-s3-bucket/data/myfirst.csv', 's3://my-s3-bucket/data/mysecond.csv'])
Getting data out of xGT
save() method is used to request xGT to write data into a CSV file on
either the client or server filesystem.
The signature of the save method is:
entity.save(path, offset=0, length=None, headers=False),
entity may be a table, vertex, or edge.
This is the preferred method for extracting the result of a query (saving from the result table of a MATCH query).
There are only two variants of the path for a save method.
1. Saving to the client filesystem
This method simply provides an absolute or relative path to the client's local filesystem
frame.save('../data/path/example.csv') frame.save('../data/interesting.data.csv', offset=10, length=100, headers=True)
Note that the searchResult save pulls at most 100 rows, starting from row 10 of a result table, and creates a CSV file with the column names included. This file can be read directly into some other analytic tool such as MS Excel.
2. Saving to the server filesystem
This method provides an absolute or relative path on the server's filesystem
as indicated by the
frame.save('xgtd://../data/path/example.csv') frame.save('xgtd://../data/interesting.data.csv', offset=10, length=1000000, headers=True)
This method should be used when you know the size of the data is prohibitively large. It is certainly possible to copy the data elsewhere after saving on to the server filesystem.