Graph Visualization

You've started taking notes, you've started linking ideas, what's next? Time to see your knowledge in action! The graph view is a bird’s eye view of your database, a way to identify connections and patterns in your graph. As you continue to take notes, you will start noticing clusters forming which, in addition to its functional purpose, is a way to marvel at your growing database.

To access the global graph view, click on the icon in the toolbar or use the global command, alt/option-g.

View customization in the graph view

You can customize the graph's forces and choose to filter out the daily notes and orphan nodes. The forces of the graph can be manipulated by changing the link distance and the attraction force of the nodes in the graph under the forces menu in the right corner of the graph view. Under the nodes menu, you can choose to hide daily notes and/or orphan nodes and also change the number of links that are highlighted upon hovering of the individual nodes.

The local graph

The local graph is one of the most powerful aspects of the graph view in Athens and allows you to get a catch all view of the pages that are linked to the current page. It can even let you go a step further by showing you pages that are linked to the linked pages. It's excellent to identify similar topics and pages which you might not have considered as relevant.

To open the local graph, click the three dots next to the title of the page to reveal a dropdown menu. In the dropdown menu, click the Show Local Graph button.

Customizing the local graph

Similar to the global graph, you can customize the forces of the graph, but there is something that is local specific, the "local depth" option. This option is powerful because it not only allows you to find topics that you have directly linked in the page but also shows you the pages linked to the pages you have directly linked.

In this image, you can also see notes that could be relevant to the food chain that you may not have explicitly thought about or linked to in the food chain page.

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