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Rules extraction in SVM and neural network classifiers of atrial fibrillation patients with matched wavelets as a feature generator

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2 Author(s)
Kostka, P.S. ; Inst. of Electron., Silesian Univ. of Technol., Gliwice, Poland ; Tkacz, E.J.

Presented paper describes a system of biomedical signal classifiers with preliminary feature extraction stage based on matched wavelets analysis, where two structures of classifier using Neural Networks (NN) and Support Vector Machine (SVM) are applied. As a pilot study the rules extraction algorithm applied for two of mentioned machine learning approaches (NN & SVM) was used. This was made to extract and transform the representation of knowledge gathered in Black Box parameters during classifier learning phase to be better and natural understandable for human user/expert. Proposed system was tested on the set of ECG signals of 20 atrial fibrillation (AF) and 20 control group (CG) patients, divided into learning and verifying subsets, taken from MIT-BiH database. Obtained results showed, that the ability of generalization of created system, expressed as a measure of sensitivity and specificity increased, due to extracting and selectively choosing only the most representative features for analyzed AF detection problem. Classification results achieved by means of constructed matched wavelet, created for given AF detection features were better than indicators obtained for standard wavelet basic functions used in ECG time-frequency decomposition.

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Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009. EMBC 2009. Annual International Conference of the IEEE

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3-6 Sept. 2009