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Analogy Study of Center-Of-Pressure and Acceleration Measurement for Evaluating Human Body Balance via Segmentalized Principal Component Analysis

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Chung Hsing University National, Taichung City 402, Taiwan
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Teco Electric and Machinery Corporation Limited, Taoyuan City 320, Taiwan
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(22), 4779; https://doi.org/10.3390/app9224779
Received: 6 October 2019 / Revised: 31 October 2019 / Accepted: 5 November 2019 / Published: 8 November 2019
The purpose of this research is to investigate the feasibility of evaluating the human’s balancing ability by means of the human body’s swaying acceleration measurements instead of the traditional center-of-pressure (COP) measurement. The COP measurement has been used broadly for assessing the balance ability of patients in hospitals. However, the force plate system which is employed to measure the COP signals of the human body is generally restrictive due to the very high cost as well as the bulky portability. In this study, the balancing ability of the human body was evaluated through the measurements of a capacitive accelerometer. The segmentalized principal components analysis (sPCA) was employed to reduce the influence of the gravity component in acceleration measurement projected onto the horizontal components while the accelerometer inevitably tilts. The signal relationship between the COP and the acceleration was derived, so that the swaying acceleration measurements of human body can be utilized to evaluate the human body’s balancing ability. View Full-Text
Keywords: balance; center of pressure (COP); segmentalized principal component analysis (sPCA); equilibrium score (EQs); empirical mode decomposition (EMD); linear regression; decision support balance; center of pressure (COP); segmentalized principal component analysis (sPCA); equilibrium score (EQs); empirical mode decomposition (EMD); linear regression; decision support
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Wu, T.-Y.; Liou, C.-T. Analogy Study of Center-Of-Pressure and Acceleration Measurement for Evaluating Human Body Balance via Segmentalized Principal Component Analysis. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4779.

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