Data sample size needed for prediction of movement distributions

Zachary A. Wright, Moria E. Fisher, Felix Huang, James L. Patton

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5 Scopus citations

Abstract

Human movement ability should be described not only by its typical behavior, but also by the wide variation in capabilities. This would mean that subjects that are encouraged to move throughout their workspace but otherwise free to move any way they like might reveal their unique movement tendencies. In this study, we investigate how much information (data) is needed to reliably construct a movement distribution that predicts an individual's movement tendencies. We analyzed the distributions of position, velocity and acceleration data derived during self-directed motor exploration by stroke survivors (n=10 from a previous study) and healthy individuals (n=5). We examined whether these simple kinematic variables differed in terms of the amount of data required. We found a trend of decreasing time needed for characterization with the order of kinematic variable, for position, velocity, and acceleration, respectively. In addition, we investigated whether data requirements differ between stroke survivors and healthy. Our results suggest that healthy individuals may require more data samples (time for characterization), though the trend was only significant for position data. Our results provide an important step towards using statistical distributions to describe movement tendencies. Our findings could serve as more comprehensive tools to track recovery in or design more focused training intervention in neurorehabiliation applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages5780-5783
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781424479290
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014 - Chicago, United States
Duration: Aug 26 2014Aug 30 2014

Other

Other2014 36th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2014
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period8/26/148/30/14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Medicine(all)

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