Classification of normal and abnormal electrogastrograms using multilayer feedforward neural networks

Z. Lin, J. Maris, L. Hermans, J. Vandewalle, J. D.Z. Chen

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A neural network approach is proposed for the automated classification of the normal and abnormal EGG. Two learning algorithms, the quasi-Newton and the scaled conjugate gradient method for the multilayer feedforward neural networks (MFNN), are introduced and compared with the error backpropagation algorithm. The configurations of the MFNN are determined by experiment. The raw EGG data, its power spectral data, and its autoregressive moving average (ARMA) modelling parameters are used as the input to the MFNN and compared with each other. Three indexes (the percent correct, sumsquared error and complexity per iteration) are used to evaluate the performance of each learning algorithm. The results show that the scaled conjugate gradient algorithm performs best, in that it is robust and provides a super-linear convergence rate. The power spectral representation and the ARMA modelling parameters of the EGG are found to be better types of the input to the network for this specific application, both yielding a percent correctness of 95% on the test set. Although the results are focused on the classification of the EGG, this paper should provide useful information for the classification of other biomedical signals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalMedical and Biological Engineering and Computing
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Conjugate gradient algorithms
  • Electrogastrography
  • Neural networks
  • Pattern classification
  • Spectral analysis
  • Stomach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications


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