Ensemble learning for detection of short episodes of atrial fibrillation

Abdolrahman Peimankar*, Sadasivan Puthusserypady

*Corresponding author for this work

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Early detection of atrial fibrillation (AF) is of great importance to cardiologists in order to help patients suffer from chronic cardiac arrhythmias. This paper proposes a novel algorithm to detect short episodes of atrial fibrillation (AF) using an ensemble framework. Several features are extracted from long term electrocardiogram (ECG) signals based on the heart rate variability (HRV). The most significant subset of features are selected as inputs to the four classifiers. Outputs of these classifiers are then combined for the final detection of the AF episodes. Results from an extensive analysis of the proposed algorithm show high classification accuracy (around 85%) and sensitivity (around 92%) for classifying very short episodes of AF (10 beats per segment, which is approximately 6 seconds). The accuracy and sensitivity of the proposed algorithm are improved significantly to 96.46% and 94%, respectively, for slightly longer episodes (60 beats per segment) of AF. Compared to the state-of-the-art algorithms, the proposed method shows the potential to pave the way to extend to real-time AF detection applications.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2018 26th European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)
PublisherEuropean Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO
Publication date29. Nov 2018
ISBN (Electronic)9789082797015
Publication statusPublished - 29. Nov 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event26th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2018 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 3. Sep 20187. Sep 2018


Conference26th European Signal Processing Conference, EUSIPCO 2018
SeriesEuropean Signal Processing Conference

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This project is supported by the Danish Innovation funded project, REAFEL - Reaching the Frail Elderly patient for optimizing diagnosis of atrial fibrillation (IFD Project No: 6153-00009B). We acknowledge the Innovation Fund Denmark for this support.


  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Classification
  • Electrocardiogram (ECG)
  • Ensemble learning
  • Feature selection


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