Signal Interpolation & Analysis of Gait Variability

Research Paper Title

Gait variability analysis through phase portrait estimated from the Hilbert transform.

Abstract

Gait variability has been used to evaluate the ability to control gait. Several studies approached this topic by analysing the influence of different conditions on gait variability, such as different walk speeds, inclined surfaces, load carriage, or comparing characteristics of subject groups, such as age, sedentarism and impairment level.

The aim of this study was to develop and assess a new method, based on the property of the Hilbert transform of easily creating a phase portrait from a single time series, capable of estimating variability within gait cycles.

The obtained results were based on a comparison of the proposed method with a traditional one whilst analysing a data set related to gait evaluation on inclined surfaces.

Furthermore, the influence of noise over the estimated gait variability was assessed.

The results showed that the proposed method is less sensitive to the presence of noise, with the advantage of not relying on signal interpolation, being thus an alternative to the analysis of gait variability.

Reference

Souza, G.S.S.E., Andrade, A.O. & Vieira, M.F. (2018) Gait variability analysis through phase portrait estimated from the Hilbert transform. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering. 21(11), pp.645-653. doi: 10.1080/10255842.2018.1504215. Epub 2018 Oct 27.

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