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Surface electromyographic (sEMG) data impart valuable information concerning muscle function and neuromuscular diseases especially under human movement conditions. However, they are subject to trial-wise and subject-wise variations, which would pose challenges for investigators engaged in precisely estimating the onset of muscle activation. To this end, we posited two unsupervised statistical approaches - scree-plot elbow detection (SPE) heavily relying on the threshold choice and the more robust profile likelihood maximization (PLM) that obviates parameter tuning - for accurately detecting muscle activation onsets (MAOs). The performance of these algorithms was evaluated using the sEMG dataset provided in the article by Tenan et al. and the simulated sEMG created as explained therein. These sEMG signals are reported to have been collected from the biceps brachii and vastus lateralis of 18 …
Publication date: 
7 May 2018

S Easter Selvan, Didier Allexandre, Umberto Amato, Guang H Yue

Biblio References: 
Volume: 26 Issue: 6 Pages: 1279-1291
IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering