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Bispectrum-based feature extraction technique for devising a practical brain-computer interface

Shahid, Shahjahan and Prasad, G (2011) Bispectrum-based feature extraction technique for devising a practical brain-computer interface. Journal of Neural Engineering, 8 (2). pp. 1-12. [Journal article]

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URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/1741-2552/8/2/025014/

DOI: 10.1088/1741-2560/8/2/025014


The extraction of distinctly separable features from electroencephalogram (EEG) is one of the main challenges in designing a brain–computer interface (BCI). Existing feature extraction techniques for a BCI are mostly developed based on traditional signal processing techniques assuming that the signal is Gaussian and has linear characteristics. But the motor imagery (MI)-related EEG signals are highly non-Gaussian, non-stationary and have nonlinear dynamic characteristics. This paper proposes an advanced, robust but simple feature extraction technique for a MI-related BCI. The technique uses one of the higher order statistics methods, the bispectrum, and extracts the features of nonlinear interactions over several frequency components in MI-related EEG signals. Along with a linear discriminant analysis classifier, the proposed technique has been used to design an MI-based BCI. Three performance measures, classification accuracy, mutual information and Cohen's kappa have been evaluated and compared with a BCI using a contemporary power spectral density-based feature extraction technique. It is observed that the proposed technique extracts nearly recording-session-independent distinct features resulting in significantly much higher and consistent MI task detection accuracy and Cohen's kappa. It is therefore concluded that the bispectrum-based feature extraction is a promising technique for detecting different brain states.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Intelligent Systems
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Intelligent Systems Research Centre
ID Code:17476
Deposited By: Professor Girijesh Prasad
Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 13:16
Last Modified:16 May 2011 11:03

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