Property prediction by correlations based on similarity of molecular structures

Mordechai Shacham*, Neima Brauner, Georgi St Cholakov, Roumiana P. Stateva

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A new approach for predicting a wide range of physical and thermodynamic properties is proposed. It involves calculation of the molecular descriptors of a target compound of unknown properties, followed by regression of this vector of molecular descriptors vs. a database of compounds with known descriptors and measured properties. The regression model, obtained for the target descriptors in terms of predictive compounds and their coefficients, is then used for prediction of properties of the target compound. The precision of the prediction can be estimated from the standard deviation of the correlation and the known precision of the property data of the predictive compounds. The proposed method was tested in predicting 31 properties of 18 compounds representing different hydrocarbon structures. The results show that the method has several unique advantages, such as the use of one structural correlation to predict all properties; estimation of the prediction error for compounds without measured data; opportunities to find alternative solutions to different problems and means to estimate their adequacy. The method can be used also for checking the consistency of measured data and data predicted by other methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2481-2492
Number of pages12
JournalAICHE Journal
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 2004


  • Collinearity
  • Molecular simulation
  • Property prediction
  • QSPR (molecular descriptors)


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