The CDK/Metabolomics/Chemometrics Unconference results

April 7, 2008

(This article was first published on chem-bla-ics, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

As announced earlier, Miguel, Velitchka, Christoph and I held a small CDK/Metabolomics/Chemometrics unconference. We started late, and did not have an evening program, resulting in not overly much results. However, we did do molecular chemometrics.

We used the R statistics software together with Rajarshi’s rcdk package (an R wrapper around the CDK library) and Ron’s (my PhD supervisor) PLS package (see this paper), to predict retention indices for a number of metabolites.

We ended up with this R script:

mols = load.molecules("data_cdk.sdf")
selection = get.desc.names()
selection = selection[-which(selection=="org.openscience.cdk.qsar.descriptors.molecular.AminoAcidCountDescriptor")]
x = eval.desc(mols, selection, verbose=TRUE)
x2 = x[,apply(x, 2, function(a) {all(!})]
y = read.table("data_cdk_RI")
input = data.frame(x2, y)
pls.model = plsr(V1 ~ ., 50, data=input, validation="CV")
plot(pls.model, ncomp=20)
abline(0,1, col="red")
plot(pls.model, "loadings", comps=1:2)

The AminoAcidCountDescriptor threw us a NullPointerException and there were a few NAs in the resulting matrix. The CV results were not so good as Velitchka’s best models, but still a good start:

No variable selection; 200 objects, 190 variables.


  • Can we do this in Bioclipse2 too?
  • Can we improve the default CDK descriptor parameters to maximize the column count?
  • Rajarshi, what would be involved to write some wrapper code for atomic descriptors for rcdk?

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