Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science


Mechanical Engineering

Major Professor

Eric Wade

Committee Members

William Hamel, Jindong Tan


Stroke is one of the leading causes of long–term disability. Approximately twothirds of stroke survivors require long-term rehabilitation, which suggests the importance of understanding the post-stroke recovery process during his activities of daily living. This problem is formulated as quantifying and estimating the poststroke movement quality in real world settings. To address this need, we have developed an approach that quantifies physical activities and can evaluate the performance quality. Wearable accelerometer and gyroscope are used to measure the upper extremity motions and to develop a mathematical framework to objectively relates sensors’ data to clinical performance indices. In this article we employ two machine learning classification methods, Bootstrap Aggregating (Bagging) Forest and Decision Tree (DT), to relate the post-stroke kinematic data to quality of the corresponding motion. We then compare the accuracy of the resulted two prediction models using cross-validation approaches. Our findings indicate that Bagging forest approach is superior to the computationally simpler DTs for unstable data sets including those derived from stroke survivors in this project.

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