Fast wavelet transformation of EEG

Steven J. Schiff, Akram Aldroubi, Michael Unser, Susumu Sato

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Wavelet transforms offer certain advantages over Fourier transform techniques for the analysis of EEG. Recent work has demonstrated the applicability of wavelets for both spike and seizure detection, but the computational demands have been excessive. We compare the quality of feature extraction of continuous wavelet transforms using standard numerical techniques, with more rapid algorithms utilizing both polynomial splines and multiresolution frameworks. We further contrast the difference between filtering with and without the use of surrogate data to model background noise, demonstrate the preservation of feature extraction with critical versus redundant sampling, and perform the analyses with wavelets of different shape. Comparison is made with windowed Fourier transforms, similarity filtered, at different data window lengths. We here report a dramatic reduction in computational time required to perform this analysis, without compromising the accuracy of feature extraction. It now appears technically feasible to filter and decompose EEG using wavelet transforms in real time with ordinary microprocessors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)442-455
Number of pages14
JournalElectroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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