R. E. Hermes, R. M. Arthur, L. J. Thomas, D. B. Geselowitz, G. C. Oliver

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The American Heart Association project to develop an electrocardiographic database for the evaluation of ventricular arrhythmia detectors is described. The goal of the database project is to produce 160 annotated records divided equally among eight arrhythmia classes. Each entry in the database consists of a digitized, 3-hour segment of a 2-channel record. Candidate tapes, which have come from institutions throughout the world, are chosen by members of a tape selection committee. Each QRS complex in the final 1/2 hour of each acceptable record is then annotated by three experienced electrocardiographers. The selection process is more than 80% complete with six of the classes now filled. More than 60 records have been annotated. When the database is assembled, the electrocardiographic records, along with the annotations, will be available on magnetic tape and on microfilm. Decisions regarding the creation of training and test sets from the database and protocols for evaluation of arrhythmia detectors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)293-296
Number of pages4
JournalComputers in Cardiology
StatePublished - 1979
EventUnknown conference -
Duration: Sep 26 1979Sep 28 1979


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