There has been a renewed interest in novel machine learning techniques in cheminformatics during the last years. This has been driven both by new methods, access to larger and imbalanced datasets as well as progress in high-performance and cloud computing. For example, methods such as conformal prediction, deep learning and matrix factorization have already made a significant impact and are part of making the drug discovery process more data-driven and efficient.
The 6th Symposium on Conformal and Probabilistic Prediction with Applications (COPA 2017) was held at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden on June 14-16, 2017. Authors whose papers were accepted to this conference (see Proceedings of Machine Learning Research, Volume 60) in the special section on Cheminformatics were invited to submit an extended version of their work to this special article collection. In addition the wider research community was invited to submit cheminformatics-related research involving applications or methods of machine learning with a novel direction.
Guest Edited by Ola Spjuth