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J Chem Inf Comput Sci. 2004 Jul-Aug;44(4):1257-66.

Comparative study of QSAR/QSPR correlations using support vector machines, radial basis function neural networks, and multiple linear regression.

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Université Paris 7-Denis Diderot, ITODYS-CNRS UMR 7086, 1, Rue Guy de la Brosse, 75005 Paris, France.


Support vector machines (SVMs) were used to develop QSAR models that correlate molecular structures to their toxicity and bioactivities. The performance and predictive ability of SVM are investigated and compared with other methods such as multiple linear regression and radial basis function neural network methods. In the present study, two different data sets were evaluated. The first one involves an application of SVM to the development of a QSAR model for the prediction of toxicities of 153 phenols, and the second investigation deals with the QSAR model between the structures and the activities of a set of 85 cyclooxygenase 2 (COX-2) inhibitors. For each application, the molecular structures were described using either the physicochemical parameters or molecular descriptors. In both studied cases, the predictive ability of the SVM model is comparable or superior to those obtained by MLR and RBFNN. The results indicate that SVM can be used as an alternative powerful modeling tool for QSAR studies.

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