The surface electromyography signal (sEMG) is widely used for gesture characterization; its reliability is strongly connected to the features extracted from sEMG recordings. This study aimed to investigate the use of two complexity measures, i.e., fuzzy entropy (FEn) and permutation entropy (PEn) for hand gesture characterization. Fourteen upper limb movements, sorted into three sets, were collected on ten subjects and the performances of FEn and PEn for gesture descriptions were analyzed for different computational parameters. FEn and PEn were able to properly cluster the expected numbers of gestures, but computational parameters were crucial for ensuring clusters’ separability and proper gesture characterization. FEn and PEn were also compared with other eighteen classical time and frequency domain features through the minimum redundancy maximum relevance algorithm and showed the best predictive importance scores in two gesture sets; they also had scores within the subset of the best five features in the remaining one. Further, the classification accuracies of four different feature sets presented remarkable increases when FEn and PEn are included as additional features. Outcomes support the use of FEn and PEn for hand gesture description when computational parameters are properly selected, and they could be useful in supporting the development of robotic arms and prostheses myoelectric control.
On the use of fuzzy and permutation entropy in hand gesture characterization from EMG signals: Parameters selection and comparison / Mengarelli, A.; Tigrini, A.; Fioretti, S.; Cardarelli, S.; Verdini, F.. - In: APPLIED SCIENCES. - ISSN 2076-3417. - ELETTRONICO. - 10:20(2020), pp. 1-19. [10.3390/app10207144]