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Journal of Ergonomic Technology (JET)
ISSN 2432-1575


Extraction of tongue coating area from tongue image for automated tongue diagnosis
Publish Date : 2020/08/03  Vol.20
Authors : 
Gou Nambu (School of Science and Technology, Keio University),
Takao Namiki (Graduate School of Medicine, Chiba University),
Toshiya Nakaguchi (Center for Frontier Medical Engineering, Chiba University),
*Toshiyuki Tanaka (School of Science and Technology, Keio University)
Report Outline : 
Purpose: To automate tongue diagnosis, we propose a method utilizing machine learning to extract the tongue coating area from tongue images captured using a tongue image analysis system (TIAS).
Subjects and Methods: Tongue images were captured using a TIAS and a fluorescence imaging system from 11 participants (20 to 24 years old), and only the tongue coating area was extracted from the images. For extraction, the TIAS and fluorescence images were segmented into superpixels, machine learning was performed based on the features of the corresponding superpixels to obtain information regarding the presence of tongue coating, and the coating areas were extracted from the TIAS images. Furthermore, cross-validation of the leave-on-out and comparison of the performances of a support vector machine (SVM) and random forest (RF) were performed.
Results: Two machine learning classifiers were built for tongue coating extraction. With the use of these classifiers, which utilized the SVM and RF for learning the data, the percentage of correct responses was approximately 86% for both the classifiers, and this accuracy is similar to the those obtained in previous studies.
Conclusion: We proposed a tongue coating discrimination method utilizing feature analysis with an accuracy equal to or better than those of previous studies. Our proposed method is superior to the conventional method because it can analyze both the tongue as well as its peripheries. However, its accuracy is low for cases involving thin tongue coating (white coating, etc.), and the accurate extraction for cases involving white coating is difficult using our method, which forms a future direction of research.
Keywords: Machine learning, Tongue diagnosis, Eastern medicine, Support vector machine (SVM), Random Forest
Count : 92
Choosing an Obi Suitable for Kimonos Eliciting a Sense of Hannari
- From a color-based perspective -
Publish Date : 2019/08/12  Vol.19
Authors : 
Kumiko Komizo, Kyoto Institute of Technology Graduate School
Noriaki Kuwahara* , Kyoto Institute of Technology Graduate School
Report Outline : 
Purpose: Matching the color of a kimono with that of an obi is an important of creating a beautiful kimono arrangement. This experiment aims to clarify what particular "color" features of an obi fit with hannari eliciting kimono images. We used a thought algorithm based on a kimono-expert’s selection process for suitable obi, and examined whether the instructions were effective for a person with no kimono knowledge.
Participants and Methods: One kimono expert and 12 graduate students with no kimono knowledge were asked to select whether two top and bottom images were suitable for five kimono images. Next, the specialist's thought algorithm was clarified by protocol analysis. And we instructed a student in specialist's algorithmic thought process, and evaluated whether it was effective. Finally, RGB and u’v’ of obi images were requested, to clarify what kind of color characteristic there were in the obi that were considered to be suitable for the kimono images by discriminant analysis.
Results: Once RGB and u', v' characteristics of the colors of suitable obi were made clear, and the particular characteristics of the color was shown when a "suitable obi" was chosen by discriminant analysis. However, the instructions of the expert’s thought algorithm were not effective.
Conclusions: About 80% of "suitable obi" selected by students without knowledge of kimono are identifiable by "color" on discriminant analysis. For experts this was about 50%. This suggests that students who do not have knowledge of kimono chose based on their color preference, while experts considered factors such as “status" and "season".
Key Words: Kansei, Color, Kimono, Obi, Discriminant Analysis
Count : 185
Differences in manual exercise therapy skills between students and therapists
Publish Date : 2019/04/02  Vol.19
Authors : 
Yuji Koike, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Social Services, Saitama Prefectural University
Makoto Suzuki, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Social Services, Saitama Prefectural University
Akihisa Okino, Okino Industries, Ltd.
Kazuhisa Takeda, Okino Industries, Ltd.
Yasuhiro Takanami, Peritec corporation
Toyohiro Hamaguchi*, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Social Services, Saitama Prefectural University
Report Outline : 
Purpose: We have developed a hemiparetic patient arm robot (Samothrace: SAMO) for repeated practicing of manual exercise therapy. In this study, and our aim is to quantify the differences in manual exercise therapy skills between students and therapists.
Subjects and Methods: The subjects consisted of one occupational therapist and three fourth-year university students. Examples of elbow joint exercises were displayed on a PC screen, and while observing the examples, the subjects passively flexed and extended the elbow joint of the arm robot, with the exercises being recorded by SAMO.
Results and Conclusion: When comparing the movement of the elbow joint of the robot, the maximum flexion angle of the robot arm was significantly smaller in the case of the students than the occupational therapist, and the maximum extension angle was larger for the students than the therapist. Further, the maximum angular velocity and maximum angular acceleration with which the students moved the elbow joint of the robot was significantly higher than those of the occupational therapist. The results obtained showed that the frequencies of articular movement by students were smaller than those in the examples and those of the therapist, and the cycle of joint angle changes was prolonged. In addition, the force applied to the robot arm by the students had a longer cycle than that in the examples. These results verified that, compared to the therapist, the students were not fully versed in the passive exercises corresponding to passive abnormal muscle tone in an elbow joint flexor group and an extensor group.
Count : 488
Fall prediction accuracy of visual spatial abilities tests in patients with Alzheimer's disease: a retrospective study
Publish Date : 2019/03/22  Vol.19
Authors : 
Yukiko SUZUKI, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kyorin University
Hideki MOCHIZUKI, Department of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, Kyorin University
Mayuka OKI, Department of Rehabilitation, Juntendo University Hospital
Miyuki MATSUMOTO, Department of Rehabilitation, Juntendo Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center
Mitsuko FUKUSHIMA, Department of Rehabilitation, Juntendo Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center
Akira NAGASAWA, Department of Rehabilitation, Juntendo Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center
Tomokazu TAKAKURA, Department of Rehabilitation, Juntendo Tokyo Koto Geriatric Medical Center
Nobuaki SHIMODA*, Department of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tokyo Kasei University
Report Outline : 
Objective: The purpose of the present study was to conduct five visual spatial abilities tests frequently used in Japan (clock drawing test [CDT], overlapping figures test of the Visual Perception Test for Agnosia [overlapping figures test], construction of the Japan version of the Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale [constructions], intersecting pentagon copying test [PCT] of the Mini-Mental State Examination, and Yamaguchi fox-pigeon imitation test [YFPIT]) on patients with the same disease, and to compare the fall prediction accuracy of these tests.
Methods: The participants comprised 35 Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients (average age: 80.5 ± 6.5 years old). We compared the results of the five visual spatial abilities tests using the χ2 and Mann–Whitney U tests. We performed a receiver operating characteristic (ROC) analysis using evaluation indicators that showed a significant difference between two groups as independent variables and calculated the area under the curve (AUC) and cutoff value.
Results: Only in CDT (p = .032, effect size: r = -.36) and overlapping figures test (p = .020, effect size: r = -.39) were the results of the fall group worse than those of the non-fall group. For CDT, the AUC of falls was 0.711 (95% confidence interval [CI]: .538–.884, p = .033), while the sensitivity and specificity at three cutoff values were 82.4% and 55.6%, respectively. For overlapping figures test, the AUC was 0.699 (95% CI: .524–.875, p = .044), while the sensitivity and specificity at one cutoff value were 55.6% and 82.4%, respectively.
Conclusion: The AUC of falls for CDT and overlapping figures test, which both showed between-group differences, indicated that overlapping figures test had low fall prediction accuracy and the CDT had moderate prediction accuracy. Thus, CDT can be considered a simple visual spatial abilities test that can be used for screening and predicting falls in AD patients. Further investigations with a larger sample size are required.
Keywords: Visual spatial abilities, Fall, Clock drawing test
Count : 334
Key behavioral patterns of voters given word-of-mouth and electronic word-of-mouth information on political candidates
Publish Date : 2019/01/14  Vol.19
Authors : 
Masato Eguchi*, Graduate School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Zen-U Hotta*, Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo
Toshiyuki Yamashita, Graduate School of Humanities, Tokyo Metropolitan University
Report Outline : 
Purpose: When we make various decisions, we tend to be influenced by external information, especially opinions of others. Past studies revealed that WOM (word-of-mouth) and EWOM (electronic word-of-mouth) influences on decision making, among which several WOM factors influence on voting. This study examines how WOM and EWOM information regarding electoral candidates influence voters, when both WOM and EWOM information exist and often conflict with one another.
Method: Principal component analysis of participants’ gender, age, grade, internet proficiency, and interest in politics, together with positive and negative WOM and EWOM information corresponding to sixteen aspects of electoral candidates, has revealed four unique behavioral patterns of voters.
Result: These patterns suggest that voter behavior varies according to whether given information is personality-oriented or not and whether given information is positive-oriented or negative-oriented. Also, there is a difference in susceptibility to WOM and EWOM information, but only with respect to positive information.
Conclusion: All three of our hypotheses concerning behavioral patterns of voters have been proven by the results.
Keywords: word-of-mouth, electronic word-of-mouth, voting, persona, election, policy, electoral behavior, political marketing, social network
Count : 330
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