Detecting nonlinearity in experimental data

M. Small, Kevin Judd

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The technique of surrogate data has been used as a method to test for membership of particular classes of linear systems. We suggest an obvious extension of this to classes of nonlinear parametric models and demonstrate our methods with respiratory data from sleeping human infants. Although our data are clearly distinct from the different classes of linear systems we are unable to distinguish between our data and surrogates generated by nonlinear models. Hence we conclude that human respiration is likely to be a nonlinear system with more than two degrees of freedom with a limit cycle that is driven by high dimensional dynamics or noise.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1231-1244
JournalInternational Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998


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