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Example Scripts

SMILES String Validation

SMILES strings are the basis for QSPR descriptor generation, and therefore play an immense role in what neural networks learn (and how they correlate QSPR descriptors to given fuel properties). It is paramount that SMILES strings for molecules are correct to ensure neural networks learn from correct molecule representations.

To validate SMILES strings for molecules stored in an ECNet-formatted database, we can use the script below to query PubChem using molecule names. The "validate_smiles" function accepts two arguments, the database you wish to validate and the filename of the resulting validated database. Note that QSPR descriptors in the resulting database do not reflect changes made to SMILES strings, and you will need to create a new database using our database construction tool to generate new descriptors.

#!/usr/bin/env python
# -*- coding: utf-8 -*-
# Developed in 2019 by Travis Kessler <>
# Example script for validating ECNet-formatted database SMILES strings

from ecnet.utils.data_utils import DataFrame
from import get_smiles
from ecnet.utils.logging import logger

def validate_smiles(db_name, new_db):

    # load the database
    logger.log('info', 'Loading data from {}'.format(db_name))
    df = DataFrame(db_name)

    # check each molecule's SMILES, replace if incorrect
    for pt in df.data_points:
        mol_name = getattr(pt, 'Compound Name')
        smiles = get_smiles(mol_name)
        if len(smiles) == 0:
            logger.log('warn', '{} not found on PubChem'.format(mol_name))
            if pt.SMILES not in smiles:
                    'Incorrect SMILES for {}:\n\tDatabase SMILES: {}'
                    '\n\tPubChem SMILES: {}'.format(
                pt.SMILES = smiles[0]
                logger.log('info', 'Correct SMILES for {}'.format(mol_name))

    # save the validated database
    logger.log('info', 'Saving validated data to {}'.format(new_db))

if __name__ == '__main__':

    # initialize logging
    logger.stream_level = 'info'
    # un-comment this for file logging
    # logger.file_level = 'info'

    validate_smiles('unvalidated_db.csv', 'validated_db.csv')
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