Heart murmurs identification using random forests in assistive environments

Euripides Loukis, Manolis Maragoudakis
2010 Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments - PETRA '10  
The aging population in many countries, in combination with high government deficits and financial resources limitations, necessitates new methods for the home care of the elderly at reasonable costs based on the exploitation of modern information and communication technologies (ICT). This requires the installation of assistive environments at the homes of elderly people, which include various types of sensors, generating biosignals of other types of signals, which are transferred through
more » ... ks to local health centers or hospitals in order to be monitored. However, scaling up the application of such ICTbased methods of elderly home care is going to increase tremendously the workload of the medical staff of local health centers or hospitals. Therefore it is of critical importance to develop capabilities for an automated first screening of these signals and identification of abnormal elements and diseases. In this direction the present paper proposes a system for the automatic identification of murmurs in heart sound signals, and also for the classification of them as systolic or diastolic, using a new generation of advanced Random Forests classification algorithms, which are aggregating the prediction of multiple classifiers (ensemble classification). The proposed system has been applied and validated in a representative global dataset of 198 heart sound signals, which come both from healthy medical cases and from cases having systolic and diastolic murmurs. Also, some alternative classifiers have been applied to the same data for comparison purposes. It has been concluded that the proposed systems shows a good performance, which is higher than the examined alternative classifiers.
doi:10.1145/1839294.1839304 dblp:conf/petra/LoukisM10 fatcat:aasfkkzenzftnhzuzyu72kfhee