Using Natural Language Processing to compare Viruses

Using Natural Language Processing to compare Viruses

Research to possibly speed up the development of vaccines for a virus. In December 2019, the world came to know about a new virus commonly known as coronavirus or scientifically as COVID-19.

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In December 2019, the world came to know about a new virus commonly known as coronavirus or scientifically as COVID-19.

The race to develop a vaccine kicked off when the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic.

Citations: this article provides insights into my contribution to a research of which I was a part of. The images provided are screenshots of my personal computer. I want to thank Nikhil Malhotra and Akshit Kothari for this opportunity to work on this research project.

This article aims to provide a simple possible comparison between two viruses with their protein structures and provides a probable foundation to speed up the analysis of viruses.


So how did I do it?

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Photo by Franki Chamaki on Unsplash

Data is the most important entity in AI!

But the data of viruses would mostly be an array of chemical compounds which will go right above my, the computer guy, head ;). So I spent some of my internet data to build a basic foundation of virology.

My race to Virology…

  1. What compounds are responsible for viruses to attack the human body?
  2. What type of linkages do they form? (Cause I knew some… but not that much)
  3. Can Virus Genetics have any effect on vaccine development? (I know this seems obvious but I wanted to be sure)
  4. Can I get a 3D plotting of a protein structure?
  5. How can I compare two viruses using their protein structures?

So yeah… these were some of the main questions I had. I had to start somewhere, so I started with Vector Space Mapping.

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