An Open-Source Feature Extraction Tool for the Analysis of Peripheral Physiological Data

November 26, 2018

Mohsen NabianYu YinJolie WormwoodKaren S. QuigleyLisa F. BarrettSarah Ostadabba

An Open-Source Feature Extraction Tool for the Analysis of Peripheral Physiological Data

Electrocardiogram, electrodermal activity, electromyogram, continuous blood pressure, and impedance cardiography are among the most commonly used peripheral physiological signals (biosignals) in psychological studies and healthcare applications, including health tracking, sleep quality assessment, disease early-detection/diagnosis, and understanding human emotional and affective phenomena. This paper presents the development of a biosignal-specific processing toolbox (Bio-SP tool) for preprocessing and feature extraction of these physiological signals according to the state-of-the-art studies reported in the scientific literature and feedback received from the field experts. Our open-source Bio-SP tool is intended to assist researchers in affective computing, digital and mobile health, and telemedicine to extract relevant physiological patterns (i.e., features) from these biosignals semi-automatically and reliably. In this paper, we describe the successful algorithms used for signal-specific quality checking, artifact/noise filtering, and segmentation along with introducing features shown to be highly relevant to category discrimination in several healthcare applications (e.g., discriminating patterns associated with disease versus non-disease). Further, the Bio-SP tool is a publicly-available software written in MATLAB with a user-friendly graphical user interface (GUI), enabling future crowd-sourced modification to these tools. The GUI is compatible with MathWorks Classification Learner app for inference model development, such as model training, cross-validation scheme farming, and classification result computation.

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