How to visualize graphs with Elasticsearch

Over the last few weeks, we have been looking at Elasticsearch – the open-source enterprise search technology.

This week we thought we’d show you how to integrate KeyLines with your Elasticsearch instance.

As well as its intended use – as a blisteringly fast search engine – Elasticsearch can function as an engine for data intelligence applications. Thanks to its rapid – and near-real-time – indexing and querying power, it can be a great backend for KeyLines.

Using our step-by-step guide, you can use KeyLines to query Elasticsearch and then visualize the items returned in a KeyLines chart. You can then build a graph visualization application using Elasticsearch as your back-end technology, or integrate an Elasticsearch-powered search tool into your KeyLines application.

Using a KeyLines chart to search and explore your Elasticsearch data
Using a KeyLines chart to search and explore your data

Visualizing graphs in your Elasticsearch index with KeyLines is a great way to make complex connections easy to understand. A well-designed visualization means users can:

  • Find and interpret patterns and outliers
  • Explore connections in an intuitive way
  • Answer questions more quickly using data insight.

Take a look at our KeyLines – Elasticsearch integration tutorial to try it for yourself.

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