Question: Modification Rmsd Script In Terms Of Database Concepts
gravatar for Priyanka
6.8 years ago by
Priyanka30 wrote:

Dear Friends,

I am comparing one (query) pdb file with all the pdb files in the folders and returning the RMSD value and for which I have written a script. Now I want the (folder) pdb files to be stored as a database and when the user provides the query pdb file, it should compare with all the pdb files present in the database. How can I modulate my script in terms of database?

I am very new to this database concept. So, this might be a silly question for few of the pioneers in biostar.

Thanks in advance

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ADD COMMENTlink written 6.8 years ago by Priyanka30
gravatar for Istvan Albert
6.8 years ago by
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k
University Park, USA
Istvan Albert ♦♦ 80k wrote:

A database is a very a broad concept, a directory is already a database as it optimizes access to a file. Just storing a pdb in a database does not get you any benefit. If all you wanted is to access a file then it will be slower to fetch from the database than iterate over a directory.

What I suspect that you might be after is some sort of database query mechanism that finds the most similar structure but without having to recompute the RMSD for every structure. That is a very difficult problem and solving it probably requires substantial effort. I don't work in this field but I am pretty sure that there are several published papers that deal with fast 3D structure comparisons and I would advise to search the literature for existing methods.

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