Sensors are becoming more and more ubiquitous as their price and availability continue to improve, and as they are the source of information for many important tasks. However, the use of sensors has to deal with noise and failures. The lack of reliability in the sensors has led to many forms of redundancy, but simple solutions are not always the best, and the precise way in which several sensors are combined has a big impact on the overall result. In this paper, we discuss how to deal with the combination of information coming from different sensors, acting thus as “virtual sensors”, in the context of human activity recognition, in a systematic way, aiming for optimality. To achieve this goal, we construct meta-datasets containing the “signatures” of individual datasets, and apply machine-learning methods in order to distinguish when each possible combination method could be actually the best. We present specific results based on experimentation, supporting our claims of optimality.
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