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Title: A rule-based approach for recognition of chemical structure diagrams
Author: Sadawi, Noureddin
ISNI:       0000 0004 2741 4246
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2013
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In chemical literature much information is given in the form of diagrams depicting chemical structures. In order to access this information electronically, diagrams have to be recognized and translated into a processable format. Although a number of approaches have been proposed for the recognition of molecule diagrams in the literature, they traditionally employ procedural methods with limited flexibility and extensibility. This thesis presents a novel approach that models the principal recognition steps for molecule diagrams in a strictly rule based system. We develop a framework that enables the definition of a set of rules for the recognition of different bond types and arrangements as well as for resolving possible ambiguities. This allows us to view the diagram recognition problem as a process of rewriting an initial set of geometric artefacts into a graph representation of a chemical diagram without the need to adhere to a rigid procedure. We demonstrate the flexibility of the approach by extending it to capture new bond types and compositions. In experimental evaluation we can show that an implementation of our approach outperforms the currently available leading open source system. Finally, we discuss how our framework could be applied to other automatic diagram recognition tasks.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QA76 Computer software ; QD Chemistry