The application of principal component analysis to drug discovery and biomedical data

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Abstract

There is a neat distinction between general purpose statistical techniques and quantitative models developed for specific problems. Principal Component Analysis (PCA) blurs this distinction: while being a general purpose statistical technique, it implies a peculiar style of reasoning. PCA is a ‘hypothesis generating’ tool creating a statistical mechanics frame for biological systems modeling without the need for strong a priori theoretical assumptions. This makes PCA of utmost importance for approaching drug discovery by a systemic perspective overcoming too narrow reductionist approaches.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1069-1076
Number of pages8
JournalDrug Discovery Today
Volume22
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology
  • Drug Discovery

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