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IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed. 2010 Nov;14(6):1405-16. doi: 10.1109/TITB.2010.2048922.

Active learning methods for electrocardiographic signal classification.

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Department of Information Engineering and Computer Science, University of Trento, 38123 Trento, Italy. pasolli@disi.unitn.it

Abstract

In this paper, we present three active learning strategies for the classification of electrocardiographic (ECG) signals. Starting from a small and suboptimal training set, these learning strategies select additional beat samples from a large set of unlabeled data. These samples are labeled manually, and then added to the training set. The entire procedure is iterated until the construction of a final training set representative of the considered classification problem. The proposed methods are based on support vector machine classification and on the: 1) margin sampling; 2) posterior probability; and 3) query by committee principles, respectively. To illustrate their performance, we conducted an experimental study based on both simulated data and real ECG signals from the MIT-BIH arrhythmia database. In general, the obtained results show that the proposed strategies exhibit a promising capability to select samples that are significant for the classification process, i.e., to boost the accuracy of the classification process while minimizing the number of involved labeled samples.

PMID:
21056938
DOI:
10.1109/TITB.2010.2048922
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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