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What is molecular design golf? Chemistry is a diverse science. There are estimates of $10^{60}$ possible stable small molecules. A key aspect is often the "inverse design" - finding target molecules with the properties we want. This concept is often a core research topic -- how to find better antibiotics, pharmaceuticals, solar cells, etc. The key is to ...


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It's a very late reply, but I mostly agree with Martin's comment. "Stack Overflow" in this case refers to the company, not the Q&A website; consequently, it makes sense to have a LinkedIn page. I can't actually see the LinkedIn profiles, but I assume that these are employees of SO, not just contributors in the sense of people who post answers. (...


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What should my answer include/ are there any rules? The question itself should indicate requirements for answers. That said, there are a few general suggestions. Answers should at least include: An image/figure of the target molecule for your answer. References for resources you used, including chemical databases, computational methods, etc. The point is ...


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Aren't these questions too broad, and therefore off-topic? Necessarily, molecular design challenges will be somewhat 'broad', as there are many possible answers rather than a single one. That is, however, the entire point - it requires more than one person to give a definition / copy some values, or perform a search or two. Based on this, hopefully, no, ...


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What incentives are there for me to participate? The aim isn't to try and increase our users' reputation. There will be at least one bounty during the one month period for which the challenge is "active." This will be derived from the reputation gained from answering the question. Other users may also choose to award bounties as they see fit. Ultimately, ...


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What is the correct answer? There may not be one correct answer, which is why this works, many people can provide what they subjectively think is a good answer based upon the chemistry they know. At the end of the month for which a given challenge is 'active', the answer will be awarded to whichever answer provides the most convincing solution to the ...


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What are some previous molecular design golf challenges? The topic is new in 2018, but there are some questions which are similar in spirit. 2018 January - Longest C=C bond Back to top


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How is this different from "synthesis golf"? The concept of synthesis golf centers on the design for how to perform organic synthesis. Target molecules are posted and answers compete for the best synthesis (i.e., fewest steps, highest yield, etc.). For this set of challenges, the question is more "what molecule is it" rather than "how do you make it." In ...


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