Prediction of the Isoelectric Point of an Amino Acid Based on GA-PLS and SVMs

H. X. Liu, R. S. Zhang, X. J. Yao, M. C. Liu, Z. D. Hu, B. T. Fan

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The support vector machine (SVM), as a novel type of a learning machine, for the first time, was used to develop a QSPR model that relates the structures of 35 amino acids to their isoelectric point. Molecular descriptors calculated from the structure alone were used to represent molecular structures. The seven descriptors selected using GA-PLS, which is a sophisticated hybrid approach that combines GA as a powerful optimization method with PLS as a robust statistical method for variable selection, were used as inputs of RBFNNs and SVM to predict the isoelectric point of an amino acid. The optimal QSPR model developed was based on support vector machines, which showed the following results: the root-mean-square error of 0.2383 and the prediction correlation coefficient R = 0.9702 were obtained for the whole data set. Satisfactory results indicated that the GA-PLS approach is a very effective method for variable selection, and the support vector machine is a very promising tool for the nonlinear approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-167
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2004
Externally publishedYes


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