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Clin Neurophysiol. 2013 Jul;124(7):1297-302. doi: 10.1016/j.clinph.2013.01.015. Epub 2013 Mar 7.

Characterizing multivariate decoding models based on correlated EEG spectral features.

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Laboratory of Neural Injury and Repair, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, P.O. Box 509, Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY 12201-0509, USA. mcfarlan@wadsworth.org

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Multivariate decoding methods are popular techniques for analysis of neurophysiological data. The present study explored potential interpretative problems with these techniques when predictors are correlated.

METHODS:

Data from sensorimotor rhythm-based cursor control experiments was analyzed offline with linear univariate and multivariate models. Features were derived from autoregressive (AR) spectral analysis of varying model order which produced predictors that varied in their degree of correlation (i.e., multicollinearity).

RESULTS:

The use of multivariate regression models resulted in much better prediction of target position as compared to univariate regression models. However, with lower order AR features interpretation of the spectral patterns of the weights was difficult. This is likely to be due to the high degree of multicollinearity present with lower order AR features.

CONCLUSIONS:

Care should be exercised when interpreting the pattern of weights of multivariate models with correlated predictors. Comparison with univariate statistics is advisable.

SIGNIFICANCE:

While multivariate decoding algorithms are very useful for prediction their utility for interpretation may be limited when predictors are correlated.

PMID:
23466267
PMCID:
PMC3676699
DOI:
10.1016/j.clinph.2013.01.015
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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