Efficacy of Imbalanced Data Handling Methods on Deep Learning for Smart Homes Environments

Rebeen Ali Hamad, Masashi Kimura, Jens Lundström
2020 SN Computer Science  
Human activity recognition as an engineering tool as well as an active research field has become fundamental to many applications in various fields such as health care, smart home monitoring and surveillance. However, delivering sufficiently robust activity recognition systems from sensor data recorded in a smart home setting is a challenging task. Moreover, human activity datasets are typically highly imbalanced because generally certain activities occur more frequently than others.
more » ... others. Consequently, it is challenging to train classifiers from imbalanced human activity datasets. Deep learning algorithms perform well on balanced datasets, yet their performance cannot be promised on imbalanced datasets. Therefore, we aim to address the problem of class imbalance in deep learning for smart home data. We assess it with Activities of Daily Living recognition using binary sensors dataset. This paper proposes a data level perspective combined with a temporal window technique to handle imbalanced human activities from smart homes in order to make the learning algorithms more sensitive to the minority class. The experimental results indicate that handling imbalanced human activities from the data-level outperforms algorithms level and improved the classification performance.
doi:10.1007/s42979-020-00211-1 fatcat:kqhvrp5pmjbhtogf2v7s5wnfia