Choquet integral-based fuzzy molecular characterizations: When global definitions are computed from the dependency among atom/bond contributions (LOVIs/LOEIs)

César R. García-Jacas, Lisset Cabrera-Leyva, Yovani Marrero-Ponce, José Suárez-Lezcano, Fernando Cortés-Guzmán, Mario Pupo-Meriño, Ricardo Vivas-Reyes

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Background: Several topological (2D) and geometric (3D) molecular descriptors (MDs) are calculated from local vertex/edge invariants (LOVIs/LOEIs) by performing an aggregation process. To this end, norm-, mean- and statistic-based (non-fuzzy) operators are used, under the assumption that LOVIs/LOEIs are independent (orthogonal) values of one another. These operators are based on additive and/or linear measures and, consequently, they cannot be used to encode information from interrelated criteria. Thus, as LOVIs/LOEIs are not orthogonal values, then non-additive (fuzzy) measures can be used to encode the interrelation among them. Results: General approaches to compute fuzzy 2D/3D-MDs from the contribution of each atom (LOVIs) or covalent bond (LOEIs) within a molecule are proposed, by using the Choquet integral as fuzzy aggregation operator. The Choquet integral-based operator is rather different from the other operators often used for the 2D/3D-MDs calculation. It performs a reordering step to fuse the LOVIs/LOEIs according to their magnitudes and, in addition, it considers the interrelation among them through a fuzzy measure. With this operator, fuzzy definitions can be derived from traditional or recent MDs; for instance, fuzzy Randic-like connectivity indices, fuzzy Balaban-like indices, fuzzy Kier-Hall connectivity indices, among others. To demonstrate the feasibility of using this operator, the QuBiLS-MIDAS 3D-MDs were used as study case and, as a result, a module was built into the corresponding software to compute them ( ). Thus, it is the only software reported in the literature that can be employed to determine Choquet integral-based fuzzy MDs. Moreover, regression models were created on eight chemical datasets. In this way, a comparison between the results achieved by the models based on the non-fuzzy QuBiLS-MIDAS 3D-MDs with regard to the ones achieved by the models based on the fuzzy QuBiLS-MIDAS 3D-MDs was made. As a result, the models built with the fuzzy QuBiLS-MIDAS 3D-MDs achieved the best performance, which was statistically corroborated through the Wilcoxon signed-rank test. Conclusions: All in all, it can be concluded that the Choquet integral constitutes a prominent alternative to compute fuzzy 2D/3D-MDs from LOVIs/LOEIs. In this way, better characterizations of the compounds can be obtained, which will be ultimately useful in enhancing the modelling ability of existing traditional 2D/3D-MDs.

Idioma originalInglés
Número de artículo51
PublicaciónJournal of Cheminformatics
EstadoPublicada - 25 oct. 2018

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