Jan 4 2018 Feedback. 
For a more detailed explanation of the theory behind Partial Least Squares (PLS) we suggest you read Geladi et al Analytica Chimica Acta (1986) 117. PLS (Partial Least Squares) Regression PLS regression algorithm builds linear prediction model: in format y=(w,x)+b, where b is the bias  a real number, and w is the weights vector, which is scalarly multiplied by the data vector x. PLS uses the given learning y values very actively which allows it to produce fairly good models with respect to constraint of being linear. Although linear regression models have an advantage of weights for each descriptor which gives a useful information and allows feature selection in many cases.
The linear model simply is not able to predict higher order dependencies.
There are different ways to deal with it. By adding the second order columns into the descriptor set you can let PLS predict them. Actually if you have a lot of columns derived from basic data, the linear model built will be able to make a highquality linear approximations of the actual functions. ICM has a powerful tool for automatical generation of such descriptors based on compound data  molecule fingerprints generation algorithm. It generates hundreds of columns based on initial data. The withdraw is that analysing the weights given by PLS to generated descriptors is almost senseless. You will need a mol column in your table to use this feature. ICM has builtin models for prediction of several significant molecule properties, like logP, logS, PSA based on fingerprints+PLS symbiosis, which have proven their quality. PC (Principal Component) Regression PCR also builds linear model in its simplest form, as PLS does, though it sets other weights to descriptors, and built models are usually worse in sense of predicting, because PCR uses value information of the training data only in secondary way. We recommend you to use PCR, when you want to build an ordinary regression (MLR  Multiple Linear Regression) model by using only some number of first principal components of X data matrix (ordered by decreasing eigenvalues) or even builing the full MLR model (by setting the number of PCs to value higher than the number of rows in matrix).

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