Updates to the DScribe library: New descriptors and derivatives

J Laakso and L Himanen and H Homm and EV Morooka and MOJ J├Ąger and M Todorovic and P Rinke, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 158, 234802 (2023).

DOI: 10.1063/5.0151031

We present an update of the DScribe package, a Python library for atomistic descriptors. The update extends DScribe's descriptor selection with the Valle-Oganov materials fingerprint and provides descriptor derivatives to enable more advanced machine learning tasks, such as force prediction and structure optimization. For all descriptors, numeric derivatives are now available in DScribe. For the many-body tensor representation (MBTR) and the Smooth Overlap of Atomic Positions (SOAP), we have also implemented analytic derivatives. We demonstrate the effectiveness of the descriptor derivatives for machine learning models of Cu clusters and perovskite alloys.

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