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IAtomTypeGuesser.java

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 * Copyright (C) 2006-2007  Egon Willighagen <egonw@users.sf.net>
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package org.openscience.cdk.atomtype;

import java.util.List;

import org.openscience.cdk.exception.CDKException;
import org.openscience.cdk.interfaces.IAtom;
import org.openscience.cdk.interfaces.IAtomContainer;
import org.openscience.cdk.interfaces.IAtomType;

/**
 * Classes that implement this interface are atom type guessers. As compared
 * to the IAtomTypeMatcher, this guesser has room for missing information.
 * Not uncommonly, one bit of information is missing.
 *
 * @author      egonw
 * @cdk.created 2006-09-22
 * @cdk.module  core
 * @cdk.githash
 * 
 * @see         IAtomTypeMatcher
 */
00041 public interface IAtomTypeGuesser {

     /**
      * Method that returns an iterator with a suitable list of atom types
      * given the provided atom.
      *
      * @param  container AtomContainer of which the <code>atom</code> is part
      * @param  atom      Atom for which a matching atom type is searched
      * @return           The matching AtomTypes
      * @throws           CDKException when something went wrong with going through
      *                   the AtomType's
      */
    public List<IAtomType> possibleAtomTypes(IAtomContainer container, IAtom atom) throws CDKException;
}

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