BioMedR: an R/CRAN package for integrated data analysis pipeline in biomedical study

Jie Dong, Min-Feng Zhu, Yong-Huan Yun, Ai-Ping Lu, Ting-Jun Hou*, Dong-Sheng Cao*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: With the increasing development of biotechnology and information technology, publicly available data in chemistry and biology are undergoing explosive growth. Such wealthy information in these resources needs to be extracted and then transformed to useful knowledge by various data mining methods. However, a main computational challenge is how to effectively represent or encode molecular objects under investigation such as chemicals, proteins, DNAs and even complicated interactions when data mining methods are employed. To further explore these complicated data, an integrated toolkit to represent different types of molecular objects and support various data mining algorithms is urgently needed. 

Results: We developed a freely available R/CRAN package, called BioMedR, for molecular representations of chemicals, proteins, DNAs and pairwise samples of their interactions. The current version of BioMedR could calculate 293 molecular descriptors and 13 kinds of molecular fingerprints for small molecules, 9920 protein descriptors based on protein sequences and six types of generalized scale-based descriptors for proteochemometric modeling, more than 6000 DNA descriptors from nucleotide sequences and six types of interaction descriptors using three different combining strategies. Moreover, this package realized five similarity calculation methods and four powerful clustering algorithms as well as several useful auxiliary tools, which aims at building an integrated analysis pipeline for data acquisition, data checking, descriptor calculation and data modeling. 

Conclusion: BioMedR provides a comprehensive and uniform R package to link up different representations of molecular objects with each other and will benefit cheminformatics/bioinformatics and other biomedical users. It is available at: Https:// and

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)474-484
Number of pages11
JournalBriefings in Bioinformatics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Information Systems
  • Molecular Biology

User-Defined Keywords

  • bioinformatics
  • cheminformatics
  • drug discovery
  • molecular representation
  • R package


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