Entity Replace on Link Charts in Sentinel Visualizer

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Entity Replace Introduction

Introduced in Version 10, Entity Replace lets you keep and hide entities based on their types and relationships. This is powerful way to create higher-level views of your network and eliminate clutter.

Example

For instance, you may have telephone call data showing calls between phone numbers and the owner of each phone. Entity Replace lets you replace the phones with their owners to show the connection between the people rather than phones.

Original Diagram Before Replace Original Diagram Before Replace

Diagram After Replace Diagram After Replace

Specify the entity types to keep and replace. Advanced options support choosing multiple entity and relationship types to keep and hide. Settings can be saved for future use and multiple saved replacements cancombined together.

Entity Replace acts like a filter. Once it is set, if you add new entities to your diagram, like Get Links, the replacement is applied to the new entities. Turn off Entity Replace to see to all your entities.

Entity Replace Selections

From the Visualizer diagram's toolbar Entities button, choose Replace then select the entity types to keep and replace.

Entity Replace Menu

Entity Replace Selections by Entity TypeReplace Phone Number with Person

Advanced Replacement

Click [AdvancedÖ] for more options such as selecting multiple entity and relationship types to keep and hide, plus types that are not in the current diagram. Start by selecting by Entity Type or Relationship Type.

Choose by Entity or Relationship TypeChoose by Entity or Relationship Type


Replace by Entity Type

Choosing Entity Type lets you select one or more entity types to Keep and Hide. Each entity type with the number of them in your diagram are shown.

Choose the Entity Types to Keep and ReplaceChoose the Entity Types to Keep and Replace

Check [Display All Types in the Database] to see all the entity types in its lookup table. This is useful to save settings for reuse with entity types that arenít currently used by any entity in the database.

Click [>] to select relationship types.

The next screen lets you select the Relationship Types to include in the replacement. By default, all are selected, but you can limit the replacements to just specific types like ownership.

Select the Relationship Types to Include in the ReplacementsSelect the Relationship Types to Include in the Replacements

Click [Finish] to apply the replacement on your diagram.


Replace by Relationship Type

If you choose Relationship Type in the Wizard's first screen, the same Relationship Type selection form appears showing the count of relationship types in the diagram.

Select Relationship Type First based on the Types in the Current DiagramSelect Relationship Type First based on the Types in the Current Diagram

Check [Display All Types in the Database] to see all the relationship types in its lookup table. This is useful to save settings for reuse with relationship types that arenít currently used by any relationship in the database.

Click [>] to see the relationships passing the filter.

The list shows the relationships to be replaced with the Entity 1 and Entity 2 values.

Relationships and their Entities to ReplaceRelationships and their Entities to Replace

Choose whether you want to Keep Entity 1 or 2.

Click [Finish] to see the replacements on the diagram.


The Advanced selections can be saved for reuse and combined with others to layer multiple replacements.

Combine Multiple Replacements

If saved replacement settings exist, they can be combined with [Combine Replacements]:

Combine Multiple ReplacementsCombine Multiple Replacements

Select the saved replacement settings and their order. The order matters as the replacements are based on the entities that exist when each is applied. The entire set can be saved for reuse.

Combine Multiple ReplacementsCombine Multiple Replacements

A saved replacement can be applied multiple times depending on how you want to layer the replacements.

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