American Journal of Applied Sciences

Using Invariant Translation to Denoise Electroencephalogram Signals

Janett Walters-Williams and Yan Li

DOI : 10.3844/ajassp.2011.1122.1130

American Journal of Applied Sciences

Volume 8, Issue 11

Pages 1122-1130


Problem statement: Because of the distance between the skull and the brain and their different resistivity's, Electroencephalogram (EEG) recordings on a machine is usually mixed with the activities generated within the area called noise. EEG signals have been used to diagnose major brain diseases such as Epilepsy, narcolepsy and dementia. The presence of these noises however can result in misdiagnosis, as such it is necessary to remove them before further analysis and processing can be done. Denoising is often done with Independent Component Analysis algorithms but of late Wavelet Transform has been utilized. Approach: In this study we utilized one of the newer Wavelet Transform methods, Translation-Invariant, to deny EEG signals. Different EEG signals were used to verify the method using the MATLAB software. Results were then compared with those of renowned ICA algorithms Fast ICA and Radical and evaluated using the performance measures Mean Square Error (MSE), Percentage Root Mean Square Difference (PRD) and Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR). Results: Experiments revealed that Translation-Invariant Wavelet Transform had the smallest MSE and PRD while having the largest SNR. Conclusion/Recommendations: This indicated that it performed superior to the ICA algorithms producing cleaner EEG signals which can influence diagnosis as well as clinical studies of the brain.


© 2011 Janett Walters-Williams and Yan Li. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.