Comparative performance of time-frequency based newborn EEG seizure detection using spike signatures

Hamid Hassanpour*, Mostefa Mesbah, Boualem Boashash

*Corresponding author for this work

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This paper investigates the performance of four non-parametric newborn EEG seizure detection methods. The authors recently proposed a time-frequency (TF) based technique suitable for nonstationarity of EEG signal. This method attempts to detect seizure activities through analysing the interspike intervals of the EEG in the TF domain. The performance of this method is compared to those of three nonparametric techniques for seizure detection. These methods are: Autocorrelation, Spectrum and Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA). The Autocorrelation method performs analysis in the time domain and is based on the autocorrelation function of short epochs of EEG data. The Spectrum technique is based on spectral analysis and is used to detect periodic discharges. The SSA technique employs singular spectrum analysis and information theoretic-based selection of the signal subspace. These three methods are based on the assumption that newborn EEG signal is quasi-stationary. The obtained results show the superior performance of the TF-based technique for detecting newborn EEG seizures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalICASSP, IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing - Proceedings
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
Event2003 IEEE International Conference on Accoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: Apr 6 2003Apr 10 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Signal Processing
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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