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Erratum to: Multiclass classification of microarray data with repeated measurements: application to cancer
Genome Biologyvolume 6, Article number: 405 (2006)
The original article was published in Genome Biology 2003 4:R83
After the publication of this work , we discovered programming errors in our software implementation of the proposed error-weighted, uncorrelated shrunken centroid (EWUSC) algorithm and the uncorrelated shrunken centroid (USC) algorithm. We have corrected these errors, and the updated results are summarized in the revised Table 6.
On the NCI 60 data, both Figure 1 in  and the revised Figure 1 showed that USC generally produces higher prediction accuracy than the 'shrunken centroid' algorithm (SC)  using the same number of relevant genes. Using the revised software implementation, USC requires fewer (2,116 instead of 2,315 as reported in ) genes to achieve 72% accuracy. The number of genes required by SC to achieve the same prediction accuracy remains the same (3,998).
Figure 2 shows the results of applying EWUSC to the training set, four-fold cross-validation data, and test set of the multiple tumor data over a range of shrinkage thresholds (Δ) and correlation thresholds (ρ0). The revised Figure 2 shows the same general trend as Figure 2 in : the percentage of errors is reduced when ρ0 < 1 over most values of Δ on the training set, cross-validation data and test set; Figure 2d shows that the number of relevant genes is drastically reduced when genes with correlation threshold above 0.9 are removed. The values of the optimal shrinkage thresholds (Δ) determined from the cross-validation results have changed using the revised implementation. Specifically, the optimal shrinkage threshold values (Δ) for both EWUSC and USC are reduced to 4.8 and 4 respectively (see revised Table 6). The numbers of relevant genes selected by EWUSC and USC are reduced and the resulting prediction accuracy for both USC and SC are also reduced in the revised results. In the case of using the global optimal parameters when Δ = 0, the EWUSC in the revised implementation selected slightly fewer genes (1,622 instead of 1,626) at the expense of slightly lower prediction accuracy (74% instead of 78%). Figure 4 compares the prediction accuracy on the test set of the multiple tumor data using the EWUSC and USC algorithms at the estimated optimal correlation threshold (ρ0 = 0.8), the SC algorithm and the Support Vector Machine (SVM). The general observations previously reported in  still hold with the revised Figure 4. First, USC produces higher prediction accuracy than SC using the same number of relevant genes. Second, EWUSC generally produces higher prediction accuracy than USC using the same number of relevant genes. In fact, the performance of EWUSC is stronger than previously reported in  when the number of genes is small.
Figure 5 shows the comparison of prediction accuracy of EWUSC, USC, and SC on the breast cancer data. With the revised implementation, the optimal correlation threshold (ρ0) is changed from 0.7 in  to 0.6 (see revised Table 6). The observation reported in  that EWUSC produces higher prediction accuracy on the test set than USC and SC when the number of relevant genes is small still holds. The numbers of relevant genes selected by USC and SC are significantly larger with the revised implementation (see revised Table 6).
The major conclusions and observations in the original manuscript  remain valid with the revised implementation. Our EWUSC and USC algorithms represent improvements over the SC algorithm. In general, fewer genes are required to produce comparable prediction accuracy. On the multiple tumor data, our EWUSC and USC algorithms produce higher prediction accuracy using fewer relevant genes compared to published results. The revised software implementation is available on our web site . Note: the revised version (1.0) of the software was placed on the web site on May 9, 2005.
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The online version of the original article can be found at 10.1186/gb-2003-4-12-r83