An Orthonormalized Partial Least Squares Based Spatial Filter for SSVEP Extraction

  • G. R. Kiran KumarEmail author
  • M. Ramasubba Reddy
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11278)


In this study, a novel orthonormalized partial least squares (OPLS) spatial filter is proposed for the extraction of the steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) components buried in the electroencephalogram (EEG) data. The proposed method avoids over-fitting of the EEG data to the ideal SSVEP reference signals by reducing the over-emphasis of the target (pure sine-cosine) space. The paper presents the comparison of the detection accuracy of the proposed method with other existing spatial filters and discusses the shortcomings of these algorithms. The OPLS was tested across ten healthy subjects and its classification performance was examined. Further, statistical tests were performed to show the significant improvements in obtained detection accuracies. The result shows that the OPLS provides a significant improvement in detection accuracy across subjects compared to spatial filters under comparison. Hence, OPLS would act as a reliable and efficient spatial filter for separation of SSVEP components in brain-computer interface (BCI) applications.


Steady-state visual evoked potential (SSVEP) Electroencephalogram (EEG) Brain-computer interface (BCI) Orthonormalized partial least squares (OPLS) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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