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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 343084, 7 pages
Research Article

SVM versus MAP on Accelerometer Data to Distinguish among Locomotor Activities Executed at Different Speeds

Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Via Vito Volterra 62, 00146 Rome, Italy

Received 18 July 2013; Revised 7 October 2013; Accepted 18 October 2013

Academic Editor: Strahinja Dosen

Copyright © 2013 Maurizio Schmid 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.


Two approaches to the classification of different locomotor activities performed at various speeds are here presented and evaluated: a maximum a posteriori (MAP) Bayes’ classification scheme and a Support Vector Machine (SVM) are applied on a 2D projection of 16 features extracted from accelerometer data. The locomotor activities (level walking, stair climbing, and stair descending) were recorded by an inertial sensor placed on the shank (preferred leg), performed in a natural indoor-outdoor scenario by 10 healthy young adults (age 25–35 yrs.). From each segmented activity epoch, sixteen features were chosen in the frequency and time domain. Dimension reduction was then performed through 2D Sammon’s mapping. An Artificial Neural Network (ANN) was trained to mimic Sammon’s mapping on the whole dataset. In the Bayes’ approach, the two features were then fed to a Bayes’ classifier that incorporates an update rule, while, in the SVM scheme, the ANN was considered as the kernel function of the classifier. Bayes’ approach performed slightly better than SVM on both the training set (91.4% versus 90.7%) and the testing set (84.2% versus 76.0%), favoring the proposed Bayes’ scheme as more suitable than the proposed SVM in distinguishing among the different monitored activities.