EventDTW: An Improved Dynamic Time Warping Algorithm for Aligning Biomedical Signals of Nonuniform Sampling Frequencies.

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The dynamic time warping (DTW) algorithm is widely used in pattern matching and sequence alignment tasks, including speech recognition and time series clustering. However, DTW algorithms perform poorly when aligning sequences of uneven sampling frequencies. This makes it difficult to apply DTW to practical problems, such as aligning signals that are recorded simultaneously by sensors with different, uneven, and dynamic sampling frequencies. As multi-modal sensing technologies become increasingly popular, it is necessary to develop methods for high quality alignment of such signals. Here we propose a DTW algorithm called EventDTW which uses information propagated from defined events as basis for path matching and hence sequence alignment. We have developed two metrics, the error rate (ER) and the singularity score (SS), to define and evaluate alignment quality and to enable comparison of performance across DTW algorithms. We demonstrate the utility of these metrics on 84 publicly-available signals in addition to our own multi-modal biomedical signals. EventDTW outperformed existing DTW algorithms for optimal alignment of signals with different sampling frequencies in 37% of artificial signal alignment tasks and 76% of real-world signal alignment tasks.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jiang, Y; Qi, Y; Wang, WK; Bent, B; Avram, R; Olgin, J; Dunn, J

Published Date

  • May 9, 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 9

Start / End Page

  • E2700 -

PubMed ID

  • 32397421

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7273204

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1424-8220

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1424-8220

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3390/s20092700


  • eng