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Single motor unit myoelectric signal analysis with nonstationary data

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2 Author(s)
Englehart, K.B. ; Inst. of Biomed. Eng., New Brunswick Univ., Fredericton, NB, Canada ; Parker, P.A.

The information content of the myoelectric signal (MES) is commonly revealed by statistical measures in the time or frequency domain. Empirical analyses of the MES from a single motor unit have generally assumed that features are invariant with time. Theoretical and experimental work has been done to demonstrate how nonstationary behavior in the discharge statistics of a motor neuron may affect estimates of features extracted from the motor unit's contribution to the MES. Specifically, it has been shown that nonstationary behavior can markedly influence estimates of features describing motor neuron firing behavior and consequently, the low-frequency portion of the MES power spectral density. These results may help to explain the discrepancies in the literature which report empirical models of motor neuron firing statistics.

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Biomedical Engineering, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:41 ,  Issue: 2 )