About the Authors

Hai-Hui Huang

Affiliation Faculty of Information Technology & State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau, 999078, China

Xiao-Ying Liu

Affiliation Faculty of Information Technology & State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau, 999078, China

Yong Liang

yliang@must.edu.mo

Affiliation Faculty of Information Technology & State Key Laboratory of Quality Research in Chinese Medicines, Macau University of Science and Technology, Avenida Wai Long, Taipa, Macau, 999078, China

Competing Interests

A patent related to a new hybrid L1/2-2 regularization (HLR) function, a linear combination of L1 and L1/2 penalties, to select the relevant variables in high demensional data is currently pending. This does not alter our adherence to PLOS ONE policies on sharing data and materials. The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HHH XYL YL. Performed the experiments: HHH. Analyzed the data: HHH XYL. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HHH XYL YL. Wrote the paper: HHH XYL YL.