Soft Computing

, Volume 23, Issue 19, pp 9287–9297 | Cite as

Gait identification using fractal analysis and support vector machine

  • Wen Si
  • Gelan Yang
  • XiangGui Chen
  • Jie JiaEmail author


This paper presents the development of wearable sensing system that can be used to study the gait dynamics of human. A tester wearing sensing shoes participates in this study. Human gait information about standing, jumping and walking is obtained as prior probability based on the train movement model setup theory. For feature extraction of gait, five kinds of features are extracted from foot pressure signals, which are subsequently used for motion analysis. We employ support vector machine and fractal analysis for gait recognition and test the identification performance. Testing outcomes indicate an overall accuracy of 93.57% via radial basis function kernel function. These results demonstrate considerable potential in gait identification.


Gait identification Foot pressure signal Feature extraction Fractal analysis Support vector machine 



Project is supported by Shanghai municipal commission of health and family planning key developing discipline (No. 4122015ZB0401); Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province, China (No. 2018JJ2023); the Natural Science Foundation of Shanghai (CN) (Nos. 14ZR1429800, 15ZR1430000), Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China (No. EIA140412).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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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.

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Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Rehabilitation, Huashan HospitalFudan UniversityShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  2. 2.College of Information and Computer ScienceShanghai Business SchoolShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China
  3. 3.Department of Information Science and EngineeringHunan City UniversityYiyangPeople’s Republic of China
  4. 4.Department of RehabilitationJing’an District Centre HospitalShanghaiPeople’s Republic of China

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