Parsing wireless electrocardiogram signals with context free grammar conditional random fields

Thai Nguyen, Roy J. Adams, Annamalai Natarajan, Benjamin M. Marlin

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Recent advances in wearable sensor technology have made it possible to simultaneously collect multiple streams of physiological and context data from individuals as they go about their daily activities in natural environments. However, extracting reliable higher-level inferences from these raw data streams remains a key data analysis challenge. In this paper, we focus on the specific case of the analysis of data from wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors. We present a new robust probabilistic approach to ECG morphology extraction using conditional random field context free grammar models, which have traditionally been applied to parsing problems in natural language processing. We focus on ECG morphology extraction because it is a key step in higher-level detection tasks such as arrhythmia detection and the detection of drug use. We introduce a robust context free grammar for parsing noisy ECG data, and show significantly improved performance on the ECG morphological labeling task.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE Wireless Health, WH 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781509030903
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 IEEE Wireless Health, WH 2016 - Bethesda, United States
Duration: Oct 25 2016Oct 27 2016

Publication series

Name2016 IEEE Wireless Health, WH 2016


Conference2016 IEEE Wireless Health, WH 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management


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