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A Comparative Analysis of De-Noising Algorithms for Fetal Phonocardiographic Signals

Author(s): Chourasia Vijay | Mittra A

Journal: IETE Journal of Research
ISSN 0377-2063

Volume: 55;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 10;
Date: 2009;
Original page

Keywords: De-noising algorithms | Fetal phonocardiography | Wavelets.

This paper is aimed at the selection of de-noising algorithm for de-noising of the fetal phonocardiographic (fPCG) -signals. Fourier-based analyzing tools have some limitations concerning frequency and time resolutions. Although wavelet transform (WT) overcomes these limitations, it requires selection of appropriate de-noising algorithm. The universal threshold, minimax threshold and rigorous SURE (Stein′s Unbiased Risk Estimate) threshold algorithms along with soft or hard thresholding rule have been compared for de-noising of these signals. The mean-squared error (MSE) is used to evaluate the performance of these algorithms. The results show that, the rigorous SURE threshold algorithm with soft thresholding rule has a better performance for the analysis of fPCG signals when using the fourth-order Coiflets wavelet. The proposed approach is simple and proves to be effective when applied for the selection of de-noising algorithm for the fPCG signals. These de-noised signals can be used for the accurate determination of fetal heart rate (FHR) and further diagnostic applications pertaining to the fetus.
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