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Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
Volume 2018, Article ID 4281230, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/4281230
Research Article

Correlation Assisted Strong Uncorrelating Transform Complex Common Spatial Patterns for Spatially Distant Channel Data

1Department of Computer Engineering, Kwangwoon University, Seoul 01897, Republic of Korea
2School of Electrical Engineering, College of Creative Engineering, Kookmin University, Seoul 02707, Republic of Korea

Correspondence should be addressed to Cheolsoo Park; rk.ca.wk@oosloehckrap

Youngjoo Kim and Jiwoo You contributed equally to this work.

Received 28 September 2017; Revised 26 February 2018; Accepted 1 April 2018; Published 15 May 2018

Academic Editor: Toshihisa Tanaka

Copyright © 2018 Youngjoo Kim et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Strong Uncorrelating Transform Complex Common Spatial Patterns (SUTCCSP) algorithm, designed for multichannel data analysis, has a limitation on keeping the correlation information among channels during the simultaneous diagonalization process of the covariance and pseudocovariance matrices. This paper focuses on the importance of preserving the correlation information among multichannel data and proposes the correlation assisted SUTCCSP (CASUT) algorithm to address this issue. The performance of the proposed algorithm was demonstrated by classifying the motor imagery electroencephalogram (EEG) dataset. The features were first extracted using CSP algorithms including the proposed method, and then the random forest classifier was utilized for the classification. Experiments using CASUT yielded an average classification accuracy of 78.10 (%), which significantly outperformed those of original CSP, Complex Common Spatial Patterns (CCSP), and SUTCCSP with -values less than 0.01, tested by the Wilcoxon signed rank test.

1. Introduction

Noninvasive measurements of physiological signals including electroencephalogram (EEG), electrocardiogram (ECG), and electromyogram (EMG) have become widely used throughout the biomedical industry [15]. Out of the various feature engineering methods, researchers have shown that the common spatial patterns (CSP) algorithm is a strong feature extraction algorithm for multichannel EEG data, yielding high performance for classification problems [6, 7]. CSP is a mathematical methodology to decompose spatial subcomponents of multivariate signals, whose variance difference between two classes is maximized [8]. CSP designs spatial filters for the multichannel EEG signals based on the spatial distribution of neural activities in the cortex areas [6, 7] and adopts a supervised learning approach, while the other spatial filter algorithms such as principal component analysis (PCA) and independent component analysis (ICA) are designed in an unsupervised manner [9, 10].

Furthermore, a complex version of CSP, termed CCSP, uses the covariance matrix that maintains the power sum information of the real and imaginary parts of the complex-valued data [11]. Another complex-valued CSP algorithm, termed analytic signal-based CSP (ACSP), was proposed by Falzon et al. to discriminate different mental tasks [12, 13]. However, given that the Hilbert transformed analytic signals could only produce circular signals (rotation invariant probability distribution) and that physiological signals are improper (mismatch of power between different channel data), the augmented complex CSP was introduced to fully exploit the second-order statistics of noncircular complex vectors [11, 14].

Strong Uncorrelating Transform CCSP (SUTCCSP), which is an advanced version of the augmented complex CSP, was applied to the two-class classification problem of motor imagery EEG and produced a minimum of 4% improvement over the conventional CSP, ACSP, and augmented CSP [11]. This is due to the power difference information preserved in the pseudocovariance matrix, accompanied with the sum of power maintained in the covariance matrix. However, during the simultaneous diagonalization process of the covariance and pseudocovariance matrices, the correlation term vanishes owing to the process of applying the strong uncorrelating transform [11, 15, 16]. Such effort to preserve correlation has not been made so far for the CSP algorithm, and the correlation assisted version of SUTCCSP is newly proposed in this paper.

The basic terminologies and procedure of SUTCCSP and the proposed method are explained in Section 2, followed by extensive simulation results on the benchmark motor imagery dataset of 105 subjects in Section 3. Finally, the concluding remarks are given in Section 4 with additional discussions in terms of the performance difference of distinct channel pairs that have less correlation compared with results of Section 3.

2. Proposed Method

Here we explain SUT based on the terminologies used in [9, 14] and show how the correlation information is utilized with CSP algorithms [11, 16].

Let be a complex-valued random vector such aswhere is , is the real part, and is the imaginary part of a complex random vector. is a zero-mean complex-valued matrix consisting of values with the form of (1), where denotes the two different classes, . has the dimension of the number of channels by the number of samples. Then the covariance (C) and pseudocovariance (P) matrices are defined as follows: where is the statistical expected value operator and is the conjugate transpose. Then, we can define the composite covariance () and pseudocovariance () matrices as follows:Here can then be decomposed into and as follows: where has eigenvectors in each column for the corresponding diagonal eigenvalues of . Note that and consist of real elements and the nondiagonal elements of are zero. This allows to be whitened by the whitening matrix in the original CCSP algorithm, resulting in , where denotes the identity matrix [11].

Using the whitening matrix from the original CCSP algorithm [11], the pseudocovariance matrix can also be decomposed using Takagi’s factorization as shown in the following equation [17]: where and are yielded by symmetric matrices. This leads to a derivation of the strong uncorrelating transform matrix as follows:

Using the matrix , it is now possible to diagonalize the covariance and pseudocovariance matrices simultaneously. Firstly, the composite covariance matrix can be diagonalized as follows: where and are the estimations of eigenvectors and eigenvalues of , respectively. Next, the composite pseudocovariance can also be diagonalized as follows:where is the strong uncorrelating transform matrix for the pseudocovariance and and are the estimations of the eigenvectors and eigenvalues of , respectively. Therefore, the two spatial filters and can be designed as follows:

Finally, the spatially filtered vector, , is calculated as follows:Let be the number of data channels, and the th row vector in ; where corresponds to each row of the new matrix . Now the final subfeatures, and , by SUTCCSP are calculated as follows: where varies between 1 and and is the variance of . Here, selecting one pair of filter is equivalent to choosing the first and last rows in each real and imaginary part of the covariance and pseudocovariance matrices, separately. The number of filter pairs was chosen to maximize the performance for each subject. Such consideration of selecting the appropriate number of filter pairs could be important in real time applications. Next, Pearson’s correlation coefficient for and is calculated as follows [17]: where is the standard deviation of and is the mean of . The maximum number of correlation coefficients between the real and imaginary parts of (1) is equal to the number of channel pairs due to the multichannel attribute of the data. The high dimension of the number of channel pairs should be reduced owing to the curse of dimensionality. PCA is applied to reduce the high dimension in this paper, due to its simple implementation and fast speed [18, 19].

Let be the matrix containing for channel pairs, where is the number of channels. By applying PCA to the correlation coefficient matrices, the principal component coefficients, known as loadings, are estimated [20]. Here we will define as an -by- matrix of loadings, where L is the reduced number of dimensions. An additional subfeature containing the correlation information of two data channels is calculated as follows:

The final feature matrices for two different classes are , , and for each class. In this paper, the covariance matrix information from the original CSP is added to the feature matrices of CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT, which could provide a fair test to compare CSP with these three algorithms. Accordingly, the feature matrices of CASUT were designed to contain the information of variance, power sum, and difference, as well as the correlation information lost due to the strong uncorrelating transform.

3. Experiments

3.1. Data Acquisition

As Park et al. used the Physiobank Motor Mental Imagery (MMI) database to test the performance of SUTCCSP, this study uses the same dataset in order to compare the proposed CASUT with the former CSP algorithms including SUTCCSP [11, 2123]. Out of the 109 subjects who conducted the left- and right-hand motor imagery tasks, three subjects (S088, S092, and S100) had damaged recordings, and one subject (S104) had an insufficient amount of data [15, 24]. For these reasons, 105 subjects were used to examine the classification accuracy of CASUT. All subject data consist of 45 trials of performing the left- and right-hand tasks, which were recorded using 64 channel electrodes with the 10-10 EEG system and sampled by 160 Hz [25].

In order to verify the performance of CASUT in preserving the correlation information, the channel pairs that yield high correlation coefficients were selected (values over 0.9 and less than or equal to 1). All trials for the left-hand motor imagery task of 105 subjects were combined into one single trial set, and the correlation coefficients of the all possible distinct 2016 pairs among the 64 channels were calculated. Then the average of the correlation coefficient values over all trials of the left-hand task was calculated, in order to determine which channel pair has a high correlation coefficient. The same calculation was conducted on the trials of the right-hand motor imagery task. The channel pairs, whose correlations were in the range of the following equation, were denoted aswhere is a pair of two distinct channels and , are the correlation coefficients between and , and is a number in the range of .

The EEG recordings were preprocessed using the fifth-order Butterworth IIR bandpass filter extracting the frequency components into 8–25 Hz [6, 26, 27]. Such preprocessing techniques were identical to the preprocessing techniques used by Park et al. [11].

3.2. Classification Results
3.2.1. Analysis of 105 Subjects

The average classification accuracies over all 105 subjects were calculated in order to compare the proposed algorithm with CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP. Table 1 shows the average classification rates with the standard deviations for each algorithm. Note that the classification rate of CASUT outperforms those of CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP.

Table 1: Average classification accuracies of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT across 105 subjects.

The normality was tested to determine whether to use the parametric or nonparametric version of a statistical test such as ANOVA. Accordingly, the resulting -values of the Kolmogorov-Smirnov goodness-of-fit hypothesis test (KS test) in Table 2 show that the classification accuracies of CSP algorithms could not always satisfy the normality assumption [28]. Therefore, the nonparametric Friedman test was used instead of the parametric ANOVA, to compare three or more matched groups regardless of their normality [29, 30].

Table 2: The resulting -values of the KS test for each CSP algorithm for 105 subjects.

The -value for the Friedman test, which was less than 10−15, indicates that it is safe to perform the post hoc test. Instead of the parametric paired Student’s -test, the Wilcoxon signed rank test, which can be used regardless of the normality, was conducted as the post hoc test [28]. Although the average classification accuracy difference between CASUT and SUTCCSP looked small, the Wilcoxon signed rank test performed on the accuracies of the two algorithms yielded significant -values (<0.05), as shown in Table 3. The -values, , , and , indicate the results of the Wilcoxon signed rank test conducted on the classification accuracies of CASUT compared with those of original CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP, respectively.

Table 3: Results of the Wilcoxon signed rank test conducted on performance accuracies of CASUT compared with those of CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP using 105 subjects.
3.2.2. Analysis of Significant Subjects.

For a thorough validation of the classification performances of the CSP algorithms, an additional analysis that was conducted by Park et al. was adopted by selecting the significant subjects prior to any further analysis [11]. This is crucial due to the possibility of little brain network information in the recorded EEG and activities of poorly performed subjects, based on the study of Ahn and Jun [31]. For these reasons, the subjects were categorized as significant, when the performance of each subject exceeded the minimum classification accuracy of 64%, defined using the confidence limit of 95% [32]. Figure 1 shows the number of significant subjects for each CSP algorithm. It can be observed that the number of significant subjects using CASUT was the highest out of all four CSP algorithms. The results throughout this chapter were based on the histograms of Figure 1, from which the data of the significant subjects were chosen for further analysis.

Figure 1: Number of significant subjects of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT. Note that the number of subjects for CASUT is the highest out of the four CSP algorithms.

Table 4 lists the average classification accuracies over the significant subjects and their standard deviations for CSP algorithms. It can be also noted that the average classification rate of CASUT outperformed those of CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP. The KS test was also performed for the significant subjects. However, the results from Table 5 indicated that the classification accuracies of the CSP algorithm do not follow the normal distribution. Accordingly, the Friedman test, which can be used regardless of the normality, was conducted. The -value from the Friedman test yielded a value less than 10−12, and thus the post hoc test was conducted and shown in Table 6. Note that the low -values (<0.01) by the Wilcoxon signed rank test demonstrate the enhanced performance of CASUT.

Table 4: Average classification accuracies across the significant subjects of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT.
Table 5: The resulting -values of the KS test for each CSP algorithm for significant subjects.
Table 6: Results of the Wilcoxon signed rank test conducted on the classification accuracies of CASUT compared with those of CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP for significant subjects.

Additional plots of the error bar and whisker diagram of the classification accuracies of CSP, CCSP, and CASUT were illustrated in Figures 2 and 3, respectively. The blue crosses in Figure 2 were identical to the average classification rates shown in Table 4. The red lines in Figure 3 indicate the median classification rates, and it can be observed that the median of CASUT outperforms those of the other three CSP algorithms. The superiority of CASUT over the other CSP algorithms was also confirmed by the Wilcoxon signed rank test results in Table 6.

Figure 2: Error bar of the classification accuracies of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT. Note that CASUT produces higher classification rates compared with those of the other CSP algorithms, which is confirmed by the Wilcoxon signed rank test results of Table 6.
Figure 3: Whisker diagram of the classification accuracies of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT. The median of CASUT is highest compared with CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP.

In Figure 4, the scatterplots comparing classification rates of CASUT with CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP were displayed. The red dots above the dotted green lines indicate that classification rates were higher by CASUT than the other CSP algorithm. The black dots mean that CASUT and the compared CSP algorithm have the same classification rates, and blue means that the performances of CASUT are lower than those of the compared CSP algorithm. This demonstrates the fact that the majority of classification accuracies by CASUT were higher than those of the other CSP algorithms. Additionally, when two or more subjects yielded the same classification accuracies by two of the different algorithms, the dots for the subjects in these figures were duplicated. Therefore, the number of selected subjects in Figure 1 and the number of dots in Figure 4 may differ.

Figure 4: Scatterplot of classification rates of CASUT with (a) CSP, (b) CCSP, (c) SUTCCSP, and (d) the overlapping results of (a), (b), and (c). Note that most of the dots are located above the dotted green line, which indicates higher performance of CASUT.

Lastly, the number of subjects, classified significantly using CASUT and classified insignificantly using the other CSP algorithms, was counted and shown in Figure 5. The bar chart indicates the number of subjects that were classified as significant by CASUT, but not by CSP, CCSP, and SUT, respectively.

Figure 5: Number of subjects that were classified as significant with CASUT, but not with CSP, CCSP, and SUT, respectively.

On the other hand, there was only one subject whose data was classified as insignificant by CASUT, while the other CSP algorithms classified it as significant. These results also demonstrate the superiority of CASUT over the other conventional CSP algorithms.

3.2.3. Analysis of Correlation Assisted CSP

The various versions of CSP algorithms were additionally investigated for further interpretation of the effects of correlation information on the features of motor imagery tasks. To this end, correlation assisted CSP (CACSP) is defined as a CSP algorithm containing the correlation information, whereas correlation assisted CCSP (CACCSP) is defined as CCSP including the correlation information. The benchmark tests including CSP, CACSP, CCSP, CACCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT could provide an exact interpretation of the effects of correlation information on the features of the motor imagery tasks.

Table 7 lists the average classification rates calculated using CSP, CACSP, CCSP, CACCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT in the same conditions set in Table 4. Friedman test was conducted and a -value less than 10−15 was confirmed. In Table 8, the Wilcoxon signed rank test was performed on CASUT with the other CSP algorithms, including CACSP and CACCSP. Results in bold show the results of the additional implementations of CSP and CCSP, that is, CACSP and CACCSP, respectively. Note that all -values are significant, indicating the enhanced performance of CASUT over the others. Since CCSP contains the power sum information, additional to the CSP features, and SUTCCSP preserves the power difference information, supplementary to CCSP, the gradually increasing classification rates could be expected as shown in Table 4.

Table 7: Average classification accuracies across 105 subjects of CSP, CASUT, CCSP, CACCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT.
Table 8: Results of the Wilcoxon signed rank test conducted on performance accuracies of CASUT compared with those of CSP, CACSP, CCSP, CACCSP, and SUTCCSP.

Similarly, the performances of CSP and CCSP increase as the correlation information is added to their original features. Additionally, the highest classification accuracy in these benchmark tests was yielded using CASUT, indicating that CASUT outperforms all former CSP algorithms introduced so far.

4. Discussion and Conclusion

The correlation range chosen to evaluate the performance of CASUT was , based on (15). As shown in Figure 6, the number of channel pairs for each correlation range ( to ) differs from zero to 301 channel pairs. In order to examine the effects of the correlation information on the CSP algorithms, the average classification accuracies over 105 subjects across different correlation ranges were calculated based on the same analysis in Section 3. Results demonstrate that the performance of CASUT gradually decreases as the correlation information is degraded as shown in Figure 7. Additionally, Figure 8 illustrates the resulting -values estimated using the Wilcoxon signed rank test on CASUT compared with SUTCCSP, indicating less significance with small correlation coefficients. This proves that CASUT is the most effective feature extraction approach, when sufficient correlation information exists among the multichannel data.

Figure 6: Number of channel pairs for each correlation range ( to ).
Figure 7: Classification accuracies for different correlation ranges ( to ) of CSP, CCSP, SUTCCSP, and CASUT.
Figure 8: Resulting -values of Wilcoxon signed rank tests conducted on CASUT with SUTCCSP for different correlation ranges ( to ).

The limitations of SUTCCSP have been addressed in this study due to the loss of the correlation information during the simultaneous diagonalization process of the covariance and pseudocovariance matrices. To that end, the correlation assisted version of SUTCCSP, denoted by CASUT, has been proposed for the first time by preserving the correlation information among multichannel data. The proposed algorithm was tested on the two-class motor imagery classification problem, and its classification accuracies obtained using the channel pairs with high correlation were significantly improved by CASUT compared with those of CSP, CCSP, and SUTCCSP, with -values less than 0.01. Additional experiments on the various ranges of correlation prove that the correlation information is crucial to the classification of the two-class motor imagery tasks and that CASUT yields the highest classification accuracies compared with the other CSP algorithms.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

Authors’ Contributions

Youngjoo Kim and Jiwoo You participated in the design of the study, carried out the key experiments and analyses, and drafted the manuscript. Youngjoo Kim and Jiwoo You are equal contributors. Heejun Lee and Seung Min Lee helped in drafting and revising the manuscript. Cheolsoo Park supervised the experiments and analyses. Youngjoo Kim, Jiwoo You, Heejun Lee, Seung Min Lee, and Cheolsoo Park all read and approved the final manuscript.

Acknowledgments

The present research was supported by Institute for Information & Communications Technology Promotion (IITP) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (no. 2017-0-00167, Development of Human Implicit/Explicit Intention Recognition Technologies for Autonomous Human-Things Interaction) and the Research Grant of Kwangwoon University in 2018.

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