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As I said in my comment, there were dozens of applications with similar user facing functionality long before 2011. If what is important is that it is in memory and that the data is a cube, I will say that way back in 1992 the social network analysis software UCINet could do 2-Mode network analysis in DOS. 2-Mode analysis means that there are nodes of two ...


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http://www.mcobject.com/November10/2008 "In-Memory Database Scales Massively For Social Networking Web Site" http://users.dcc.uchile.cl/~cgutierr/ftp/sunbelt.pdf "A Database Perspective of Social Network Analysis Data Processing" http://www.itworld.com/article/2759107/enterprise-software/how-social-networking-works.html "How Social Networking Works" ...


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This patent is limited to in-memory databases. That can be argued to be relatively new, however moving an existing idea into using newer technology (like in-memory databases) lacks novelty (ie, inventive step) required for issuing a patent.


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