Rich parameterization improves RNA structure prediction. Academic Article uri icon


  • Current approaches to RNA structure prediction range from physics-based methods, which rely on thousands of experimentally measured thermodynamic parameters, to machine- learning (ML) techniques. While the methods for parameter estimation are successfully shifting toward ML-based approaches, the model parameterizations so far remained fairly constant. We study the potential contribution of increasing the amount of information utilized by RNA folding prediction models to the improvement of their prediction quality. This is achieved by proposing novel models, which refine previous ones by examining more types of structural elements, and larger sequential contexts for these elements. Our proposed fine- grained models are made practical thanks to the availability of large training sets, advances in machine-learning, and recent accelerations to RNA folding algorithms. We show that …

publication date

  • January 1, 2011