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Author Judson, Philip.

Title Knowledge-based expert systems in chemistry : not counting on computers / Philip Judson
Published Cambridge : Royal Society of Chemistry, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (x, 211 pages) : illustrations
Series RSC Theoretical and Computational Chemistry Series, 2041-319X ; 1
RSC theoretical and computational chemistry series ; 1
Contents Introduction -- Knowledge-Based Approach to Synthesis Planning -- EROS and CAMEO -- Spin-off from the Harvard project -- Structure, sub-structure and super-structure searching -- technical -- Structure representations -- Explicit and implicit hydrogen atoms -- Aromaticity, tautomerism, stereochemistry -- Predicting toxicity -- DEREK -- PHARM-MATCH and TOX-MATCH, Oncologic, and HazardExpert -- TopKat and Multicase -- The 2D/2.5D/3D debate -- Using reasoning -- Derek for Windows -- Predicting metabolism -- Meteor Relative reasoning -- Biodegradation -- Other potential applications -- Consensus modelling -- Evaluation and Validation -- Conclusions/Where now?
Summary This excellent introduction to a growing area of computing in chemistry will interest students, scientists and academics. This is currently the only book available on the development of knowledge-based, and related, expert systems in chemistry and toxicology. Written by a pioneer in the field, it shows how computers can work with qualitative information where precise numerical methods are not satisfactory. An underlying theme is the current concern in society about the conflicts between basing decisions on reasoned judgements and wanting precise decisions and measurable effectiveness. As well as explaining how the computer programs work, the book provides insights into how personal and political factors influence scientific progress. The introduction of regulations such as REACH in Europe and modifications to UN and OECD Guidelines on assessment of chemical hazard mean that the use of toxicity prediction is at a turning point. They put a heavy burden on the chemical industry but, for the first time, allow for the use of computer prediction to support or replace in vivo and in vitro experiments. There is increasing recognition among scientists and regulators that qualitative computer methods have much to offer and that in some circumstances they may be more reliable and informative than quantitative methods. This excellent introduction to a field where employment opportunities are growing is aimed at students, scientists and academics with a knowledge of chemistry
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Chemistry -- Data processing.
Expert systems (Computer science)
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1847559808 (electronic bk.)
9781847559807 (electronic bk.)