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Identification of cause of impairment in spiral drawings, using non-stationary feature extraction approach
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Computer Engineering.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years))Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Parkinson’s disease is a clinical syndrome manifesting with slowness and instability. As it is a progressive disease with varying symptoms, repeated assessments are necessary to determine the outcome of treatment changes in the patient. In the recent past, a computer-based method was developed to rate impairment in spiral drawings. The downside of this method is that it cannot separate the bradykinetic and dyskinetic spiral drawings. This work intends to construct the computer method which can overcome this weakness by using the Hilbert-Huang Transform (HHT) of tangential velocity. The work is done under supervised learning, so a target class is used which is acquired from a neurologist using a web interface. After reducing the dimension of HHT features by using PCA, classification is performed. C4.5 classifier is used to perform the classification. Results of the classification are close to random guessing which shows that the computer method is unsuccessful in assessing the cause of drawing impairment in spirals when evaluated against human ratings. One promising reason is that there is no difference between the two classes of spiral drawings. Displaying patients self ratings along with the spirals in the web application is another possible reason for this, as the neurologist may have relied too much on this in his own ratings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Borlange, Sweden, 2012. , 35 p.
Keyword [en]
Parkinson’s Disease, Hilbert Huang Transform, Principle Component Analysis
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-6473OAI: diva2:519230
Available from: 2012-03-29 Created: 2012-03-29 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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