MetaScore: A novel machine-learning based approach to improve traditional scoring functions for scoring protein-protein docking conformations

We present here MetaScore, a new machine-learning based approach to improve the scoring of docked conformations. MetaScore utilizes a random forest (RF) classifier trained to distinguish near-native from non-native conformations using a rich set of features extracted from the respective protein-protein interfaces. These include physico-chemical properties, energy terms, interaction propensity-based features, geometric properties, interface topology features, evolutionary conservation and also scores produced by traditional scoring functions (SFs). [...]