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The Refined Composite Downsampling Permutation Entropy Is a Relevant Tool in the Muscle Fatigue Study Using sEMG Signals

Philippe Ravier 1, 2 Antonio Dávalos Meryem Jabloun Olivier Buttelli
2 IRAuS/Signal
PRISME - Laboratoire Pluridisciplinaire de Recherche en Ingénierie des Systèmes, Mécanique et Energétique
Abstract : Surface electromyography (sEMG) is a valuable technique that helps provide functional and structural information about the electric activity of muscles. As sEMG measures output of complex living systems characterized by multiscale and nonlinear behaviors, Multiscale Permutation Entropy (MPE) is a suitable tool for capturing useful information from the ordinal patterns of sEMG time series. In a previous work, a theoretical comparison in terms of bias and variance of two MPE variants—namely, the refined composite MPE (rcMPE) and the refined composite downsampling (rcDPE), was addressed. In the current paper, we assess the superiority of rcDPE over MPE and rcMPE, when applied to real sEMG signals. Moreover, we demonstrate the capacity of rcDPE in quantifying fatigue levels by using sEMG data recorded during a fatiguing exercise. The processing of four consecutive temporal segments, during biceps brachii exercise maintained at 70% of maximal voluntary contraction until exhaustion, shows that the 10th-scale of rcDPE was capable of better differentiation of the fatigue segments. This scale actually brings the raw sEMG data, initially sampled at 10 kHz, to the specific 0–500 Hz sEMG spectral band of interest, which finally reveals the inner complexity of the data. This study promotes good practices in the use of MPE complexity measures on real data.
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Philippe Ravier, Antonio Dávalos, Meryem Jabloun, Olivier Buttelli. The Refined Composite Downsampling Permutation Entropy Is a Relevant Tool in the Muscle Fatigue Study Using sEMG Signals. Entropy, MDPI, 2021, 23 (12), pp.1655. ⟨10.3390/e23121655⟩. ⟨hal-03519920⟩



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