Holter ECG recordings based on Dynamic Cluster Analysis

Unsupervised dynamic clustering analysis methodology

June 2015. At the IDT conference, a new clusterung approach has been shown. The proposed approach applies current unsupervised clustering approaches in a different dynamic manner. Instead of taking all the data as input and finding clusters among them, the given approach clusters Holter ECG data (long-term electrocardiography data from a Holter monitor) on a given interval which enables a dynamic clustering approach (DCA).

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Therefore advanced clustering techniques based on the well known Dynamic Time Warping algorithm are used. Having clusters e.g. on a daily basis, clusters can be compared by denying cluster shape properties. Doing this gives a measure for variation in unsupervised cluster shapes and may reveal unknown changes in healthiness. Embedding this approach into wearable devices offers advantages over the current techniques. On the one hand users get feedback if their ECG data characteristic changes unforeseeable over time which makes early detection possible. On the other hand cluster properties like biggest or smallest cluster may help a doctor in making diagnoses or observing several patients. Further, on found clusters known processing techniques like stress detection or arrhythmia classification may be applied.

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