Improved semisupervised adaptation for a small training dataset in the brain-computer interface

Jianjun Meng, Xinjun Sheng, Dingguo Zhang, Xiangyang Zhu

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One problem in the development of brain-computer interface (BCI) systems is to minimize the amount of subject training on the premise of accurate classification. Hence, the challenge is how to train the BCI system effectively especially in the scenario with small amount of training data. In this paper, we introduce improved semisupervised adaptation based on common spatial pattern (CSP) features. The feature extraction and classification are performed jointly and iteratively. In the iteration step, training data are expanded by part of the testing data with labels which are predicted by a linear discriminant analysis classifier and/or a Bayesian linear discriminant analysis classifier in the previous iteration. Then CSP features are reextracted from the expanded training data, and the classifiers are retrained. Both self-training and cotraining paradigms are proposed for the improved semisupervised adaptation. Throughout the investigation on different number of initial training trials, we find that when a small number of training trials are used, e.g., a training session contains no more than 30 trials, similar classification performance to that of large training data items (40-50 trials) can be achieved. Effectiveness of the algorithms is verified by two competition datasets. Compared with several existing algorithms, the proposed semisupervised algorithms show improvements in classification accuracy for most of the competition datasets especially in the case of small training data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6626634
Pages (from-to)1461-1472
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2014


  • Bayesian linear discriminant analysis (BLDA)
  • brain-computer interface (BCI)
  • common spatial pattern (CSP)
  • linear discriminant analysis (LDA)
  • semisupervised adaptation

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