Biological Cybernetics

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 3–9

An autoregressive method for the measurement of synchronization of interictal and ictal EEG signals

  • Piotr J. Franaszczuk
  • Gregory K. Bergey

DOI: 10.1007/s004220050540

Cite this article as:
Franaszczuk, P. & Bergey, G. Biol Cybern (1999) 81: 3. doi:10.1007/s004220050540


We propose a new measure of synchronization of multichannel ictal and interictal EEG signals. The measure is based on the residual covariance matrix of a multichannel autoregressive model. A major advantage of this measure is its ability to be interpreted both in the framework of stochastic and deterministic models. A preliminary analysis of EEG data from three patients using this measure documents the expected increased synchronization during ictal periods but also reveals that increased synchrony persists for prolonged periods (up to 2 h or more) in the postictal period.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1999

Authors and Affiliations

  • Piotr J. Franaszczuk
    • 1
  • Gregory K. Bergey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD 21201, USATP
  2. 2.Maryland Epilepsy Center, University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland, USATP
  3. 3.Department of Physiology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USATP

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