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author = {Imtiaz, SA and Rodriguez-Villegas, E},
doi = {10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319762},
pages = {6014--6017},
publisher = {IEEE},
title = {An open-source toolbox for standardized use of PhysioNet Sleep EDF Expanded Database.},
url = {},
year = {2015}

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AB - PhysioNet Sleep EDF database has been the most popular source of data used for developing and testing many automatic sleep staging algorithms. However, the recordings from this database has been used in an inconsistent fashion. For example, arbitrary selection of start and end times from long term recordings, data-hypnogram mismatches, different performance metrics and hypnogram conversion from R&K to AASM. All these differences result in different data sections and performance metrics being used by researchers thereby making any direct comparison between algorithms very difficult. Recently, a superset of this database has been made available on PhysioNet, known as the Sleep EDF Expanded Database which includes 61 recordings. This provides an opportunity to standardize the way in which signals from this database should be used. With this goal in mind, we present in this paper a toolbox for automatically downloading and extracting recordings from the Sleep EDF Expanded database and converting them to a suitable format for use in MATLAB. This toolbox contains functions for selecting appropriate data for sleep analysis (based on our previous recommendations for sleep staging), hypnogram conversion and computation of performance metrics. Its use makes it simpler to start using the new sleep database and also provides a foundation for much-needed standardization in this research field.
AU - Imtiaz,SA
AU - Rodriguez-Villegas,E
DO - 10.1109/EMBC.2015.7319762
EP - 6017
PY - 2015///
SN - 1557-170X
SP - 6014
TI - An open-source toolbox for standardized use of PhysioNet Sleep EDF Expanded Database.
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