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How not to develop a quantitative structure-activity or structure-property relationship (QSAR/QSPR)

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Although thousands of quantitative structure-activity and structure-property relationships (QSARs/QSPRs) have been published, as well as numerous papers on the correct procedures for QSAR/QSPR analysis, many analyses are still carried out incorrectly, or in a less than satisfactory manner. We have identified 21 types of error that continue to be perpetrated in the QSAR/QSPR literature, and each of these is discussed, with examples (including some of our own). Where appropriate, we make recommendations for avoiding errors and for improving and enhancing QSAR/QSPR analyses.
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Keywords: OECD principles; QSAR/QSPR; data; descriptors; errors; statistics

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK 2: TerraBase Inc., Ontario L8S 4S3, Canada

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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