Data segmentation for Accelerometer time series data

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Manas Gupte
Manas Gupte on 30 Nov 2017
Answered: Chris Turnes on 2 Feb 2018
I have time series data collected from a cellphone accelerometer sampled at 500Hz. The data is collected from the phone of a wheelchair user as he goes over a platform of a certain thickness. The abrupt change in height causes spikes in the data stream which is the event. Each sample has two events, the user going up the platform and when he comes down the platform. What would be a good way to filter noise and perform data segmentation?
Manas Gupte
Manas Gupte on 3 Dec 2017
@Star Strider&@Kaushik Lakshminarasimhan Sorry guys! Didn't have a net connection for the past two days. The fourth column is the time stamp. The data file information reads that the minimum delay between observations is 2ms. I'm a beginner in signal processing. I'm assuming that this could be treated as the sampling frequency (2ms=500Hz)? The data points enclosed by the two set of blue vertical lines are the part of the time series that I want to segment. The initial spikes are from acceleration of the wheel chair. The ones within the blue lines are from the wheelchair going up a .75in step and the second one if from the wheelchair going down the step. I used a manual wheelchair to collect the data.

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Answers (2)

Philipp Doblhofer
Philipp Doblhofer on 29 Dec 2017
one simple option is to set a threshold value for the signal power of your data. To reduce the noise level you can apply for example a moving average filter.
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data=csvread('acc', 26, 0);
% Width of the moving average window (filter)
window_width = 50;
% Threshold level for the signal energy
threshold = 0.005;
% Remove constant offset from data and normalize
data(:,3) = data(:,3) - mean(data(:,3));
data(:,3) = data(:,3)/max(data(:,3));
% Calculate signal power
signal_power = data(:,3).^2;
% filtered data
filtered_signal_power = movmean(signal_power, window_width);
% event detection
event = filtered_signal_power > threshold;
hold on

Chris Turnes
Chris Turnes on 2 Feb 2018
For the segmentation, if you have R2017b, the new ischange function should help to separate the events.

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