My name is Charles Tapley Hoyt. I’m a bio/cheminformatician using biological knowledge graphs to generate biological hypotheses that assist in drug discovery and precision medicine.
This post is evolving from a reading list to a review of the academic papers published that are either about or use the Biological Expression Language (BEL). It’s divided into the categories of software/visualization tools, algorithms/analytical frameworks, data integration, natural language processing, curation workflows, and downstream applications.
Everyone’s talking about biomedical ontologies! Let’s look at where most people go wrong and how to do it right.
While many researchers have a pathway or pathology of interest, their first time curating content in the Biological Expression Language (BEL) may seem intimidating. This post lists several disease maps and BEL content sources that are directly available for re-use.
The company and community that surround the Biological Expression Language (BEL) are enigmatic, to say the least. This post represents the best I could do to tell the history of Selventa and BEL.
As scientists, we place huge importance on the communication of our results. We spend lots of time on editing, revising, and formatting so people can understand what we did. We also write a lot of code, so why aren’t we investing the same amount of love? Enter, flake8.
On top the issue of resolving identifiers to their names, the bioinformatics community has a hard time figuring out when two identifiers from different databases are equivalent. You know who else has the same problem? Inspector Javert. Get ready for a Les Miserables-themed post on how to address this long-standing problem.
We have a big problem in the bioinformatics community with namespaces, identifiers, and names. And nobody’s posed the question better than Rihanna herself.
A few months ago, the question was posed on science Twitter: “How many people have published on ChemRxiv?”
We’ve all been there. You started a new branch from master. You had a very specific goal in mind, The Original Goal. You made a pull request (PR) to go with it, too, The Original Pull Request. But then, you had an idea! And also, someone on your team asked you to solve another problem! Now the original code you wrote to address The Original Goal relies on that code … and now you’ve got dozens of files changed, hundreds of lines of diff, and nobody (including you) can understand what you’ve done. Like I said, we’ve all been there. Here’s what you can do to fix it:
The other day I saw a tweet lamenting the drag that is literature review during preparation for writing your thesis.
How many molecular biology papers have you read today? This week? This month? If you’re like me, its not so many, and we’re falling behind very quickly. Here’s a chart made by the new PubMed that summarizes how many papers were published mentioning RAS in the last 50 years.
In language, semantics describe the names and meanings of words. The bioinformatics community has aptly adopted biosemantics as a concept that encompasses the issues with the names and meanings of biological entities, usually in natural language processing and data integration. However, semantics does not capture the context of words, and biosemantics fails to describe the biological context and complex relationships between biological entities.
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