Time Series Classification via Topological Data Analysis

Alperen Karan, Atabey Kaygun

In this paper, we develop topological data analysis methods for classification tasks on univariate time series. As an application we perform binary and ternary classification tasks on two public datasets that consist of physiological signals collected under stress and non-stress conditions. We accomplish our goal by using persistent homology to engineer stable topological features after we use a time delay embedding of the signals and perform a subwindowing instead of using windows of fixed length. The combination of methods we use can be applied to any univariate time series and in this application allows us to reduce noise and use long window sizes without incurring an extra computational cost. We then use machine learning models on the features we algorithmically engineered to obtain higher accuracies with fewer features.

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