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, Volume 31, Issue 6, pp 1758–1792 | Cite as

Comparing dynamics of fluency and inter-limb coordination in climbing activities using multi-scale Jensen–Shannon embedding and clustering

  • Romain HeraultEmail author
  • Dominic Orth
  • Ludovic Seifert
  • Jeremie Boulanger
  • John Aldo Lee
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Sports Analytics


This paper reports the results of two studies carried out in a controlled environment aiming to understand relationships between movement patterns of coordination that emerge during climbing and performance outcomes. It involves a recent method of nonlinear dimensionality reduction, multi-scale Jensen–Shannon neighbor embedding (Lee et al., 2015), which has been applied to recordings of movement sensors in order to visualize coordination patterns adapted by climbers. Initial clustering at the climb scale provides details linking behavioral patterns with climbing fluency/smoothness (i.e., the performance outcome). Further clustering on shorter time intervals, where individual actions within a climb are analyzed, enables more detailed exploratory data analysis of behavior. Results suggest that the nature of individual learning curves (the global, trial-to-trial performance) corresponded to certain behavioral patterns (the within trial motor behavior). We highlight and discuss three distinctive learning curves and their corresponding relationship to behavioral pattern emergence, namely: no improvement and a lack of new motor behavior emergence; sudden improvement and the emergence of new motor behaviors; and gradual improvement and a lack of new motor behavior emergence.


Performance management Climbing skills profile Climbing patterns dynamics Non-linear dimension reduction 



This work was partially funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche with the ANR-13-JSH2-004 Dynamov Project. and Belgian F.R.S.-FNRS (National Fund of Scientific Research).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Romain Herault
    • 1
    Email author
  • Dominic Orth
    • 2
  • Ludovic Seifert
    • 3
  • Jeremie Boulanger
    • 4
  • John Aldo Lee
    • 5
  1. 1.LITIS, INSA Rouen, UNIROUEN, UNIHAVRENormandie UnivRouenFrance
  2. 2.Faculty of Behavioral and Movement SciencesAmsterdam Vrije UniversiteitAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Normandie UnivUNIROUEN, CETAPSRouenFrance
  4. 4.CRIStAL, Bâtiment P2, Avenue Carl GaussUniversité Lille 1Villeneuve d’Ascq CedexFrance
  5. 5.Research Associate with the Belgian F.R.S-FNRS, Molecular Imaging, Radiotherapy, and Oncology — IRECUniversité catholique de LouvainBrusselsBelgium

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