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The Sheffield generic structures projecta retrospective review

Lynch, M.F. and Holliday, J.D. (1996) The Sheffield generic structures projecta retrospective review. Journal of Chemical Information and Computer Sciences, 36 (5). pp. 930-936. ISSN 0095-2338

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Abstract

The problems posed by the requirements for storage and manipulation of generic chemical structure definitions in patents are reviewed. Chemists and patents agents have developed an armory of linguistic devices over many decades so that a generic structure description can describe large and often unlimited numbers of substances as a result of the combinatorial opportunities provided. The nature of these linguistic devices is defined, and the theoretical foundations devised during the Sheffield project for the successful solution of the problems in order to provide the desired retrieval facilities are reviewed. Progress toward the practical implementation of a system based on these solutions is evaluated. The relevance of the data structures and algorithms devised in this work to the issues raised by developments in combinatorial libraries is also reviewed.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Information School (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Information Studies
Date Deposited: 26 Aug 2009 10:46
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2009 10:46
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ci950173l
Status: Published
Publisher: American Chemical Society
Identification Number: 10.1021/ci950173l
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/9234

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