Modeling runs became much, much faster . . .
When the original predictive models for physicochemical and biopharmaceutical properties for ADMET Predictor were developed using a generic modeling software, the time required to develop each model using all of the above steps was as much as 2-3 months. Now, the same models have been retrained with ADMET Modeler using the same steps, but with even more descriptors, in as little as a few hours! This dramatic productivity improvement is achieved through automation of all the tedious tasks that were previously done manually, as well as through highly efficient training code optimized for speed.
And the models are better . . .
The product of this new methodology is not only greater speed, but also better models. Now a wider set of architectures can be fitted rapidly, so more options can be investigated to see which is best. Selecting the best model from a larger set of models produces a final model that is more accurate, and usually smaller (fewer descriptors and parameters, in accordance with Occam’s Razor principle).
. . . and interpretable
Our new Descriptor Sensitivity Analysis tool removes the “black box” stigma usually affixed to Artificial Neural Network (ANN) models as well as their ensembles (ANNE). The ANN(E) response for a given compound is intuitively visualized via gradients calculated per each individual descriptor. Thus, the trends in predicted property can be easily tied to local changes in descriptors. After automatic identification of the most influential descriptors, a series of new chemical derivatives of the compound in question can be easily designed – derivatives that push the property of interest in the desired direction.