Modelling velocity profiles of rapid movements: a comparative study

Biol Cybern. 1993;69(2):119-28. doi: 10.1007/BF00226195.


In this paper we compare 23 different models that can be used to describe the asymmetric bell-shaped velocity profiles of rapid-aimed movements. The comparison is performed with the help of an analysis-by-synthesis experiment over a database of 1052 straight lines produced by nine human subjects. For each line and for each model, a set of parameters is extracted that minimizes the error between the original and the reconstructed data. Performance analysis on the basis of the mean-square-error clearly reflects the superiority of the support-bounded lognormal model to globally describe the velocity profile characterizing rapid movements.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Cybernetics
  • Data Interpretation, Statistical
  • Evaluation Studies as Topic
  • Hand / physiology
  • Humans
  • Models, Biological*
  • Movement / physiology*