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EMG, Linear Envelope, noncyclical motion

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  • EMG, Linear Envelope, noncyclical motion

    When using the linear envelope representation of the EMG signal, cyclical
    motions (eg. gait) usually exhibit more consistent behaviour than
    noncyclical (eg. shoulder abduction). This can be explained with a
    continuity argument; there is a strong tendency to position the legs
    properly for the next cycle in gait (since if not, the next cycle will be
    uncomfortably long or short), but the arm has no such constraint on it at
    the start or finish of an abduction movement.

    The absence of such a constraint in noncyclical motion leads to awkward
    end-effects (frequently leading to effects through the entire cycle), and
    obtaining a useful average ("ensemble") within-subject linear envelope
    can be difficult.

    Is anyone else involved in a study of (general or specific) noncyclical
    motion using linear envelopes? I'm interested in what problems you've
    encountered and how you've dealt with them. Suggestions for reading
    material would be helpful as well. I'm a math/stats person with some
    signal processing knowledge, and my current work is development of
    statistical methodology for analysis of linear envelopes.