Molecular Structure Determination: Convex Global Underestimation
- Andrew T. Phillips
- Encyclopedia of Optimization
Two types of approaches for predicting the conformation of proteins from sequence data have lately received attention: 'black box' tools that generate fully automated predictions of secondary structure from a set of homologous protein sequences, and methods involving the expertise of a human biochemist who is assisted, but not replaced, by computer tools. A friendly controversy has emerged as to which approach offers a brighter future. In fact, both are necessary. Nevertheless, a snapshot of the controversy at this instant offers much insight into the structure prediction problem itself.