Effect of Different Window and Wavelet Types on the Performance of a Novel Crackle Detection Algorithm

  • Gorkem Serbes
  • C. Okan Sakar
  • Yasemin P. Kahya
  • Nizamettin Aydin
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6935)


Pulmonary crackles are used as indicators for the diagnosis of different pulmonary disorders. Crackles are very common adventitious sounds which have transient characteristic. From the characteristics of crackles such as timing and number of occurrences, the type and the severity of the pulmonary diseases can be obtained. In this study, a novel method is proposed for crackle detection, which uses time- frequency and time-scale analysis, and the performance comparison for different window types in time-frequency analysis and also for different wavelet types in time-scale analysis is presented. In the proposed method, various feature sets are extracted using time-frequency and time-scale analysis for different windows and wavelet types. The extracted feature sets are fed into support vector machines both individually and as an ensemble of networks. Besides, as a preprocessing stage in order to improve the success of the model, frequency bands containing no-information are removed using dual tree complex wavelet transform, which is a shift invariant transform with limited redundancy and an improved version of discrete wavelet transform. The comparative results of individual feature sets and ensemble of sets with pre-processed and non pre-processed data for different windows and wavelets are proposed.


crackle detection complex wavelet TF analysis SVM 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gorkem Serbes
    • 1
  • C. Okan Sakar
    • 2
  • Yasemin P. Kahya
    • 3
  • Nizamettin Aydin
    • 4
  1. 1.Mechatronics Engineering DepartmentBahcesehir UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Computer EngineeringBahcesehir UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  3. 3.Department of Electrical EngineeringBogazici UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  4. 4.Department of Computer EngineeringYildiz Technical UniversityIstanbulTurkey

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