PIKAChU: A Python-based informatics kit for analyzing chemical units

In this 2022 paper published in the Journal of Cheminformatics, Terlouw et al. of Wageningen University present details of their custom-developed Python-friendly cheminformatics solution that is largely free of major software dependencies. Noting a lack of such a system for chemical informatics Python developers, the authors developed this open-source solution and provide details about its development and use. After providing details about its practical use, they conclude that “while RDKit heavily outperforms PIKAChU in terms of speed, PIKAChU performs sufficiently fast and reliably to be suitable for cheminformatics and bioinformatics pipelines” and provides “a convenient alternative for chem- and bioinformaticians programming in Python.”

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