Evaluating the Window Size's Role in Automatic EEG Epilepsy Detection

Sensors (Basel). 2022 Nov 27;22(23):9233. doi: 10.3390/s22239233.


Electroencephalography is one of the most commonly used methods for extracting information about the brain's condition and can be used for diagnosing epilepsy. The EEG signal's wave shape contains vital information about the brain's state, which can be challenging to analyse and interpret by a human observer. Moreover, the characteristic waveforms of epilepsy (sharp waves, spikes) can occur randomly through time. Considering all the above reasons, automatic EEG signal extraction and analysis using computers can significantly impact the successful diagnosis of epilepsy. This research explores the impact of different window sizes on EEG signals' classification accuracy using four machine learning classifiers. The machine learning methods included a neural network with ten hidden nodes trained using three different training algorithms and the k-nearest neighbours classifier. The neural network training methods included the Broyden-Fletcher-Goldfarb-Shanno algorithm, the multistart method for global optimization problems, and a genetic algorithm. The current research utilized the University of Bonn dataset containing EEG data, divided into epochs having 50% overlap and window lengths ranging from 1 to 24 s. Then, statistical and spectral features were extracted and used to train the above four classifiers. The outcome from the above experiments showed that large window sizes with a length of about 21 s could positively impact the classification accuracy between the compared methods.

Keywords: EEG; genetic algorithm; k-nearest neighbours; neural network; seizure detection; window size.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Electroencephalography / methods
  • Epilepsy* / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Neural Networks, Computer
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted*

Grants and funding

We acknowledge support for this work from the project “Immersive Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Center Of Epirus” (MIS 5047221), which is implemented under the Action “Reinforcement of the Research and Innovation Infrastructure”.