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A Time-Frequency Approach for Discrimination of Heart Murmurs

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In this paper, a novel framework based on a time-frequency (TF) approach is proposed for detection of murmurs from heart sound signal. First, a high-resolution TF algorithm, matching pursuit, was used to decompose each heart beat into a series of TF atoms selected from a redundant dictionary. Next, representative components of murmurs were identified by clustering the selected atoms of all the beats into a finite number of clusters. Then, Wigner-Ville distribution of the representative components was used to generate a set of 8 features which were fed to a classifier. Experiments with a dataset consisting of heart sounds from 35 normal and 35 pathological subjects showed a classification accuracy of 95.71% in distinguishing murmurs from normal heart sounds.

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S. Jabbari and H. Ghassemian, "A Time-Frequency Approach for Discrimination of Heart Murmurs," Journal of Signal and Information Processing, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2011, pp. 232-237. doi: 10.4236/jsip.2011.23032.

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