Classification of Voluntary Cough Airflow Patterns for Prediction of Abnormal Spirometry
In this work, we investigate the feasibility of predicting abnormal spirometry using measurements of the partial flow-volume curve generated during a voluntary cough. A variety of features were extracted from the cough airflow signals and fed to a support vector machine (SVM) classifier. Airflow features and SVM parameters were selected using a genetic algorithm, and accuracy assessed using repeated double cross-validation. This technique is easily performed and does not require expensive equipment. Based on these characteristics, and the results of this study, it has potential for becoming especially useful for mass screening or for testing subjects who are not able to perform conventional pulmonary function testing.