Scoring Functions

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DOCK uses several types of scoring functions to discriminate among orientations and molecules. Scoring is requested using the score_molecules parameter. A large portion of scoring functions can be called through descriptor score (but not all). Those with descriptor score functionality will be denoted as such.

Grid-Based Score

DOCK needs a fast scoring function to evaluate poses rapidly during growth. The energy grid is used for this. The grid stores the non-bonded Molecular Mechanics Potential of the receptor at each grid point.


Grid can be called under descriptor score but it is suggested to not mix grid-based and cartesian space as that will dramatically increase computing time.

Grid Score Parameters

Parameter Description Default Value
grid_score_primary Does the user want to perform grid-based energy scoring as the primary scoring function? yes-
grid_score_rep_rad_scale Scalar multiplier of the radii for the repulsive portion of the VDW energy component only when grid score is turned on 1.0
grid_score_vdw_scale Scalar multiplier of the VDW energy component 1
grid_score_turn_off_vdw A flag to turn off vdw portion of scoring function when grid score vdw scale = 0 yes
grid_score_es_scale Flag to scale up or down the es portion of the scoring function when es scale is turned on 1
grid_score_turn_off_es A flag to turn off es portion of scoring function when grid score es scale = 0 yes
grid_score_grid_prefix The prefix to the grid files containing the desired nrg/bmp grid grid

Grid Score Output Components

These values will be printed in the header of the mol2 file post DOCK process.

Output Component Description
Grid_score Sum of the VDW and ES interactions
Grid_vdw_energy VDW interaction between the ligand grid
Grid_es_energy ES interaction betweent eh ligand and grid

Continuous Score/DOCK Cartesian Energy

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