One of the big things you need to do with your notes is look for connections between a single note and the other notes in your vault. This is where it’s helpful to get outside tools to help you analyze your notes, and where I recommend Graph Analysis.

Graph Analysis Setup

To start, head to the Obsidian settings and then Community Plugins. Here search for Graph Analysis. Install and activate the plugin then head to the settings.

Graph Analysis settings

There are a number of areas to check out in this plugin. First, you can choose your default analysis type, which I’ve left set to the default option in the plugin.

The second section lets you choose the different algorithms to run against your vault. you access to.

Next, you can choose to exclude or include some content, like content that has a 0 match, or files that don’t end in .md. I’ve left them all to their default settings.

You can also tell the Graph Analysis plugin to ignore any note with a specific tag. Out of the box, it comes with the #nograph tag as the tag to ignore. I’ve never changed this as I’ve never found a reason that a note should not be included in the analysis.

Using Graph Analysis

Graph Analysis shows up in the right-hand sidebar of Obsidian by default. It runs the algorithms you’ve selected against the note in the current pane and then returns notes that the algorithm thinks match with the current note.

Graph Analysis Results

I use this plugin alongside the Smart Random Notes plugin (video coming) and Workspaces to build a system to find notes randomly and then find other connections that should be made with the note that has been brought to my attention.

As I’ve said before, you should spend time focusing on the connections and the output potential your vault has, not just how to get items into it as fast as possible. Graph Analysis can help you make those connections.

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