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J Am Soc Mass Spectrom. 2004 Jun;15(6):910-2.

SILVER helps assign peptides to tandem mass spectra using intensity-based scoring.

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  • 1Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts 02115, USA.


Tandem mass spectrometry is commonly used to identify peptides (and thereby proteins) that are present in complex mixtures. Peptide identification from tandem mass spectra is partially automated, but still requires human curation to resolve "borderline" peptide-spectrum matches (PSMs). SILVER is web-based software that assists manual curation of tandem mass spectra, using a recently developed intensity-based machine-learning approach to scoring PSMs, Elias et al. In this method, a large training set of peptide, fragment, and peak-intensity properties for both matched and mismatched PSMs was used to develop a score measuring consistency between each predicted fragment ion of a candidate peptide and its corresponding observed spectral peak intensity. The SILVER interface provides a visual representation of match quality between each candidate fragment ion and the observed spectrum, thereby expediting manual curation of tandem mass spectra. SILVER is available online at

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