Statistics of inter-spike intervals as a routine measure of accuracy in automatic decomposition of surface electromyogram

Xiaogang Hu, Nina l Suresh, Brian Jeon, Henry Shin, William Z Rymer

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Abstract

Automated motor unit (MU) decomposition algorithms of surface electromyogram (EMG) have been developed recently. However, a routine estimate of the decomposition accuracy is still lacking. The objective of this preliminary study was to examine the statistics of the inter-spike intervals (ISIs) of the identified MUs as a measure of the decomposition accuracy, such that the ISI analysis can be used as a routine procedure to assess the accuracy of the surface identified MU spike timings. A surface EMG recording and decomposition system was used to record EMG signals and extract single MU activities from the first dorsal interosseous muscle of three healthy individuals. The estimated ISI statistics were cross-validated with decomposed MUs from simultaneous intramuscular EMG recordings. Our preliminary results reveal that the distribution of the ISIs, specifically the deviation from the Gaussian distribution as represented by secondary peaks at the short or long ISIs, can provide information regarding the spurious errors and missed firing errors in the decomposition. In addition, the variability (coefficient of variation) of the ISIs also correlated inversely with the decomposition accuracy. These findings show that the ISI statistics can be used to assess the spike timing accuracy of the identified MUs from surface EMG decomposition algorithms.

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.
Pages3541-3544
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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