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Feature selection and transduction for prediction of molecular bioactivity for drug design
Jason Weston, Fernando Perez-Cruz, Andre Elisseeff, Olivier Bousquet, Olivier Chapelle and Bernhard Schölkopf
Bioinformatics Volume 19, Number 6764, pp. 764-771, 2003.


Motivation: In drug discovery a key task is to identify characteristics that separate active (binding) compounds from inactive (non-binding) ones. An automated prediction system can help reduce resources necessary to carry out this task. Results: Two methods for prediction of molecular bioactivity for drug design are introduced and shown to perform well in a data set previously studied as part of the KDD (Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining) Cup 2001. The data is characterized by very few positive examples, a very large number of features (describing three-dimensional properties of the molecules) and rather different distributions between training and test data. Two techniques are introduced specifically to tackle these problems: a feature selection method for unbalanced data and a classifier which adapts to the distribution of the the unlabeled test data (a so-called transductive method). We show both techniques improve identification performance and in conjunction provide an improvement over using only one of the techniques. Our results suggest the importance of taking into account the characteristics in this data which may also be relevant in other problems of a similar type. Availability: Matlab source code is available at http://www. Contact: Supplementary information: Supplementary material is available at weston/kdd/kdd.html.

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Subjects:Learning/Statistics & Optimisation
Theory & Algorithms
ID Code:527
Deposited By:Fernando Perez-Cruz
Deposited On:24 December 2004