Detection of cardiac arrhythmia in electrocardiograms using adaptive feature extraction and modified support vector machines

Chia Ping Shen, Wen-Chung Kao, Yueh Yiing Yang, Ming Chai Hsu, Yuan Ting Wu, Feipei Lai

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The electrocardiogram (ECG) analysis is one of the most important approaches to cardiac arrhythmia detection. Many algorithms have been proposed, however, the recognition rate is still unsatisfactory due to unreliable feature extraction in signal characteristic analysis or poor generalization capability of the classifier. In this paper, we propose a system for cardiac arrhythmia detection in ECGs with adaptive feature selection and modified support vector machines (SVMs). Wavelet transform-based coefficients and signal amplitude/interval parameters are first enumerated as candidates, but only a few specific ones are adaptively selected for the classification of each class pair. A new classifier, which integrates k-means clustering, one-against-one SVMs, and a modified majority voting mechanism, is proposed to further improve the recognition rate for extremely similar classes. The experimental results show that the proposed ECG analysis approach can obtain a higher recognition rate than the published approaches. By testing the system with more than 100,000 samples in MIT-BIH arrhythmia database, the average recognition rate is 98.92%, and the recognition rate for each class is kept above 92%.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7845-7852
Number of pages8
JournalExpert Systems with Applications
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jul 1



  • Adaptive feature extraction
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Support vector machines (SVMs)
  • k-Means clustering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence

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