On the correlation dimension of optokinetic nystagmus eye movements: Computational parameters, filtering, nonstationarity, and surrogate data

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Abstract

We discuss the estimation of the correlation dimension of optokinetic nystagmus (OKN), a type of reflexive eye movement. Parameters of the time-delay reconstruction of the attractor are investigated, including the number of data points, the time delay, the window duration, and the duration of the signal being analyzed. Adequate values are recommended. Digital low-pass filtering causes the dimension to increase as the filter cutoff frequency decreases, in accord with a previously published prediction. The stationarity of the correlation dimension is examined; the dimension appears to decrease over the course of 120s of continuous stimulation. Implications for the reliable estimation of the dimension are considered. Several surrogate data sets are constructed, based on both early (0-30 s) and late (100-130 s) OKN segments. Most of the surrogate data sets randomize some aspect of the original OKN, while maintaining other aspects. Dimensions are found for all surrogates and for the original OKN. Evidence is found that is consistent with some amount of deterministic and nonlinear dynamics in OKN. When this structure is randomized in the surrogate, the dimension changes or the dimension algorithm ceases to converge to a finite value. Implications for further analysis and modeling of OKN are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-250
Number of pages14
JournalBiological Cybernetics
Volume76
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Computer Science(all)

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