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Quantifying mode mixing and leakage in multivariate empirical mode decomposition and application in motor imagery–based brain-computer interface system

  • Yang ZhengEmail author
  • Guanghua Xu
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Abstract

Improper selection of the number and the amplitude of noise channels in noise-assisted multivariate empirical mode decomposition (NA-MEMD) would induce mode mixing and leakage in the obtained intrinsic mode functions (IMF), which would degrade the performance in applications like brain-computer interface (BCI) systems based on motor imagery. A measurement (ML-index) using no prior knowledge of the underlying components of the original signals was proposed to quantify the amount of mode mixing and leakage of IMFs. Both synthetic signals and electroencephalography (EEG) recordings from motor imagery experiments were used to test the validity. The BCI classification performance using NA-MEMD with the optimal parameters selected based on the ML-index was compared with the performance under the non-optimal parameter condition and the performance using the conventional filtering method. Test on synthetic signals demonstrated the ML-index can effectively quantify the amount of mode mixing and leakage, and help to improve the accuracy of extracting the underlying components. Test on EEG recordings showed the BCI classification performance can be significantly improved under the optimal parameter condition. This study provided a method to quantify the amount of mode mixing and leakage in IMFs and realized the optimization of the parameters associated with noise channels in NA-MEMD.

Graphical abstract

One of the synthetic multivariate signals comprised four components oscillating at different rates (middle column). Noise-assisted multivariate empirical mode decomposition (noise-assisted MEMD) was used to extract different components. Mode mixing issue occurred under the non-optimal parameter condition (left column). The issue was alleviated under the optimal parameter condition (right column) which can be obtained with the proposed method in this study.

Keywords

Multivariate empirical mode decomposition Mode mixing BCI Motor imagery Intrinsic mode functions 

Notes

Funding information

This work was supported by the project funded by China Postdoctoral Science Foundation (Grant No. 2017M620445) and National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant No. 51475360).

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Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems Engineering, School of Mechanical EngineeringXi’an Jiaotong UniversityXi’anChina

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