One of the main benefits of a wrist-worn computer is its ability to collect a
variety of physiological data in a minimally intrusive manner. Among these
data, electrodermal activity (EDA) is readily collected and provides a window
into a person's emotional and sympathetic responses...
EDA data collected using a
wearable wristband are easily influenced by motion artifacts (MAs) that may
significantly distort the data and degrade the quality of analyses performed on
the data if not identified and removed. Prior work has demonstrated that MAs
can be successfully detected using supervised machine learning algorithms on a
small data set collected in a lab setting. In this paper, we demonstrate that
unsupervised learning algorithms perform competitively with supervised
algorithms for detecting MAs on EDA data collected in both a lab-based setting
and a real-world setting comprising about 23 hours of data. We also find,
somewhat surprisingly, that incorporating accelerometer data as well as EDA
improves detection accuracy only slightly for supervised algorithms and
significantly degrades the accuracy of unsupervised algorithms.