Effective high compression of ECG signals at low level distortion


An effective method for compression of ECG signals, which falls within the transform lossy compression category, is proposed. The transformation is realized by a fast wavelet transform. The effectiveness of the approach, in relation to the simplicity and speed of its implementation, is a consequence of the efficient storage of the outputs of the algorithm which is realized in compressed Hierarchical Data Format. The compression performance is tested on the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia database producing compression results which largely improve upon recently reported benchmarks on the same database. For a distortion corresponding to a percentage root-mean-square difference (PRD) of 0.53, in mean value, the achieved average compression ratio is 23.17 with quality score of 43.93. For a mean value of PRD up to 1.71 the compression ratio increases up to 62.5. The compression of a 30 min record is realized in an average time of 0.14 s. The insignificant delay for the compression process, together with the high compression ratio achieved at low level distortion and the negligible time for the signal recovery, uphold the suitability of the technique for supporting distant clinical health care.

Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-40350-x
Divisions: College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > Systems analytics research institute (SARI)
College of Engineering & Physical Sciences > School of Informatics and Digital Engineering > Mathematics
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Uncontrolled Keywords: General
Publication ISSN: 2045-2322
Full Text Link: https://arxiv.o ... /abs/1901.00235
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2019-03-14
Accepted Date: 2019-02-04
Authors: Rebollo-Neira, Laura E (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-7420-8977)



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