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The top-secret algorithm that gives Google its competitive edge is indirectly bridging the gap between computer science and chemistry. Though Google’s algorithm PageRank is under wraps, some of its elements have been applied to chemistry research at Washington State University. Just like PageRank’s ability to predict relevance among webpage links on the Internet, a similar algorithm can help scientists predict which molecules are more likely to create bonds with one another.
Their model of the algorithm, moleculaRnetworks, is currently focusing on the hydrogen bonds in water, but researchers say this concept could soon be used for other bonds and reactions. In the future, the algorithm may end up aiding scientists in understanding the spread of disease in the human body, assist in the creation of new medications and more. Read the original research manuscript.
Read the article, ‘A Chemist Uses Google’s Algorithm to Determine the Structure of Molecules,’ via The Atlantic