Regression techniques for the prediction of lower limb kinematics

J Y Goulermas, D Howard, C J Nester, R K Jones, L Ren

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    Abstract

    This work presents a novel and extensive investigation of mathematical regression techniques, for the prediction of laboratory-type kinematic measurements during human gait, from wearable measurement devices, such as gyroscopes and accelerometers. Specifically, we examine the hypothesis of predicting the segmental angles of the legs (left and right foot, shank and thighs), from rotational foot velocities and translational foot accelerations. This first investigation is based on kinematic data emulated from motion-capture laboratory equipment. We employ eight established regression algorithms with different properties, ranging from linear methods and neural networks with polynomial support and expanded nonlinearities, to radial basis functions, nearest neighbors and kernel density methods. Data from five gait cycles of eight subjects are used to perform both inter-subject and intra-subject assessments of the prediction capabilities of each algorithm, using cross-validation resampling methods. Regarding the algorithmic suitability to gait prediction, results strongly indicate that nonparametric methods, such as nearest neighbors and kernel density based, are particularly advantageous. Numerical results show high average prediction accuracy (p =0.9810.99, RMS=5.63 degrees/2.30 degrees, MAD=4.43 degrees/1.52 degrees for inter/intra-subject testing). The presented work provides a promising and motivating investigation on the feasibility of costeffective wearable devices used to acquire large volumes of data that are currently collected only from complex laboratory environments
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1020 - 1024
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Biomechanical Engineering
    Volume127
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2005

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