Evaluation of Post-Stroke Impairment in Fine Tactile Sensation by Electroencephalography (EEG)-Based Machine Learning

Jianing Zhang, Yanhuan Huang, Fuqiang Ye, Bibo Yang, Zengyong Li, Xiaoling Hu

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Electroencephalography (EEG)-based measurements of fine tactile sensation produce large amounts of data, with high costs for manual evaluation. In this study, an EEG-based machine-learning (ML) model with support vector machine (SVM) was established to automatically evaluate post-stroke impairments in fine tactile sensation. Stroke survivors (n = 12, stroke group) and unimpaired participants (n = 15, control group) received stimulations with cotton, nylon, and wool fabrics to the different upper limbs of a stroke participant and the dominant side of the control. The average and maximal values of relative spectral power (RSP) of EEG in the stimulations were used as the inputs to the SVM-ML model, which was first optimized for classification accuracies for different limb sides through hyperparameter selection (γ, C) in radial basis function (RBF) kernel and cross-validation during cotton stimulation. Model generalization was investigated by comparing accuracies during stimulations with different fabrics to different limbs. The highest accuracies were achieved with (γ = 2 1, C = 2 3) for the RBF kernel (76.8%) and six-fold cross-validation (75.4%), respectively, in the gamma band for cotton stimulation; these were selected as optimal parameters for the SVM-ML model. In model generalization, significant differences in the post-stroke fabric stimulation accuracies were shifted to higher (beta/gamma) bands. The EEG-based SVM-ML model generated results similar to manual evaluation of cortical responses to fabric stimulations; this may aid automatic assessments of post-stroke fine tactile sensations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4796
JournalApplied Sciences
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2022


  • electroencephalography
  • evaluation
  • fine tactile sensation
  • machine learning
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Instrumentation
  • General Engineering
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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