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IFingerprinter.java

/* $Revision: 7996 $ $Author: egonw $ $Date: 2007-02-24 17:48:55 +0100 (Sat, 24 Feb 2007) $
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package org.openscience.cdk.fingerprint;

import java.util.BitSet;
import org.openscience.cdk.interfaces.IAtomContainer;

/**
 * Interface for fingerprint calculators.
 *
 * @author         egonw
 * @cdk.keyword    fingerprint
 * @cdk.module     interfaces
 */
00037 public interface IFingerprinter {

      /**
       * Returns the fingerprint for the given IAtomContainer.
       * 
       * @param  ac        IAtomContainer for which the fingerprint should be calculated.
       * @return           the fingerprint
       * @throws Exception Thrown if a problem is encountered when calculating the
       *                   fingerprint.
       */
      public BitSet getFingerprint(IAtomContainer ac) throws Exception;
      
      /**
       * Returns the size of the fingerprints calculated.
       * 
       * @return the size of the fingerprint
       */
      public int getSize();

}


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