Book Chapter

Neural Network Models for Estimation of Balance Control, Detection of Imbalance, and Estimation of Falls Risk

Michael E Hahn, Arthur M Farley, Li-Shan Chou

Computational Intelligence and its Applications | IGI Global | Published : 2006


Gait patterns of the elderly are often adjusted to accommodate for reduced function in the balance control system. Recent work has demonstrated the effectiveness of artificial neural network (ANN) modeling in mapping gait measurements onto descriptions of whole body motion during locomotion. Accurate risk assessment is necessary for reducing incidence of falls. Further development of the balance estimation model has been used to test the feasibility of detecting balance impairment using tasks of sample categorization and falls risk estimation. Model design included an ANN and a statistical discrimination method. Sample categorization results reached accuracy of 0.89. Relative risk was freque..

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