As a recent paper by Jiang et al (2014)
showed, measurements such as clas-
sifier accuracy have almost no corre-
lation with success completing real-
Thus, the field stands at an odd
crossroads. The machine learners,
using their tried-and-true methodol-
ogy, can report ever increasing accu-
racies when processing the data like
a standard machine learning task. The
prosthetic producers and users, how-
ever, often find that these larger num-
bers in academic papers don’t actually
translate into less frustrating devices,
and turn back to the traditional engi-
neering and neuroscience combination
that got them most of the way here.
Machine learning now has the task of
needing to rework its methodology to
fit this new task if it wants to be rel-
evant for this field; if it does not, it’s
likely that Luke’s hand will remain, for
the moment, where it is – in a galaxy
far, far away.
Jiang, Ning, et al. “Is accurate mapping
of EMG signals on kinematics needed for
precise online myoelectric control?.” IEEE
Transactions on Neural Systems and Reha-
bilitation Engineering 22.3 (2014): 549-558.
Vinay Jayaram is a PhD student
affiliated with the Graduate Training
Center for Neuroscience and the
Max Planck Institute for Intelligent
Systems in Tübingen, Germany
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