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In Methods of information in medicine

BACKGROUND :  Behavior and health are inextricably linked. As a result, continuous wearable sensor data offer the potential to predict clinical measures. However, interruptions in the data collection occur, which create a need for strategic data imputation.

OBJECTIVE :  The objective of this work is to adapt a data generation algorithm to impute multivariate time series data. This will allow us to create digital behavior markers that can predict clinical health measures.

METHODS :  We created a bidirectional time series generative adversarial network to impute missing sensor readings. Values are imputed based on relationships between multiple fields and multiple points in time, for single time points or larger time gaps. From the complete data, digital behavior markers are extracted and are mapped to predicted clinical measures.

RESULTS :  We validate our approach using continuous smartwatch data for n = 14 participants. When reconstructing omitted data, we observe an average normalized mean absolute error of 0.0197. We then create machine learning models to predict clinical measures from the reconstructed, complete data with correlations ranging from r = 0.1230 to r = 0.7623. This work indicates that wearable sensor data collected in the wild can be used to offer insights on a person's health in natural settings.

Thomas Brian L, Holder Lawrence B, Cook Diane J