, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 283-299
Date: 22 Sep 2006

Cheminformatics analysis and learning in a data pipelining environment

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Workflow technology is being increasingly applied in discovery information to organize and analyze data. SciTegic's Pipeline Pilot is a chemically intelligent implementation of a workflow technology known as data pipelining. It allows scientists to construct and execute workflows using components that encapsulate many cheminformatics based algorithms. In this paper we review SciTegic's methodology for molecular fingerprints, molecular similarity, molecular clustering, maximal common subgraph search and Bayesian learning. Case studies are described showing the application of these methods to the analysis of discovery data such as chemical series and high throughput screening results. The paper demonstrates that the methods are well suited to a wide variety of tasks such as building and applying predictive models of screening data, identifying molecules for lead optimization and the organization of molecules into families with structural commonality.