Determination of optimal heart rate variability features based on SVM-recursive feature elimination for cumulative stress monitoring using ECG sensor

Dajeong Park, Miran Lee, Sunghee E. Park, Joon Kyung Seong, Inchan Youn

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Routine stress monitoring in daily life can predict potentially serious health impacts. Effective stress monitoring in medical and healthcare fields is dependent upon accurate determination of stress-related features. In this study, we determined the optimal stress-related features for effective monitoring of cumulative stress. We first investigated the effects of short-and long-term stress on various heart rate variability (HRV) features using a rodent model. Subsequently, we determined an optimal HRV feature set using support vector machine-recursive feature elimination (SVM-RFE). Experimental results indicate that the HRV time domain features generally decrease under long-term stress, and the HRV frequency domain features have substantially significant differences under short-term stress. Further, an SVM classifier with a radial basis function kernel proved most accurate (93.11%) when using an optimal HRV feature set comprising the mean of R-R intervals (mRR), the standard deviation of R-R intervals (SDRR), and the coefficient of variance of R-R intervals (CVRR) as time domain features, and the normalized low frequency (nLF) and the normalized high frequency (nHF) as frequency domain features. Our findings indicate that the optimal HRV features identified in this study can effectively and efficiently detect stress. This knowledge facilitates development of in-facility and mobile healthcare system designs to support stress monitoring in daily life.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2387
JournalSensors (Switzerland)
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jul 23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Next-Generation Medical Device Development Program for Newly-Created Market of the National Research Foundation (NRF) funded by the Korean government, MSIP (NRF-2015M3D5A1066100), the Bio & Medical Technology Development Program of the NRF funded by the Korean government, MSIP (NRF-2014M3A9D7070128), and the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Institutional Program (2E27980).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland.


  • Cumulative stress
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Heart rate variability
  • Stress monitoring
  • Support vector machine-recursive feature elimination

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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