A new method for assessing the similarity of crystal structures is described. A similarity measure is important in classification and clustering problems in which the crystal structures are the source of information. Classification is particularly important for the understanding of properties of crystals, while clustering can be used as a data reduction step in polymorph prediction. The method described uses a radial distribution function that combines atomic coordinates with partial atomic charges. The descriptor is validated using experimental data from a classification study of clathrate structures of cephalosporins and data from a polymorph prediction run. In both cases, excellent results were obtained.
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|Acta Crystallographica Section B: Structural Science, Crystal Engineering and Materials
|Published - Feb 2005
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