Michael Wibral michael.wibral at WEB.DE
Fri Mar 5 11:40:23 CET 2010

```Dear Mark, dear Jan-Mathijs,

I fully agree with JM on not doing statistics (or even averaging) on the planar (absolute) gradient values when working in the time domain. What I resorted to is doing all statistics on fields and presenting that. I addition I supply the planar gradient of the final raw (field) effect underlying the statistics - solely on a desriptive level.

The fundamental underlying problem is that you go from a scalar field and massively paralellel univariate statistics to a vector field and, hence, truly multivariate statistics (e.g. because the local gradient vectors will rotate across the course of an ERP/ERF for example). Coming up with a p-value there sounds difficult to me. I always wondered how people with planar gradiometer devices solve that issue when doing time-domain stuff? Maybe there are solutions out there already?

Michael

-----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
Von: jan-mathijs schoffelen <jan.schoffelen at DONDERS.RU.NL>
Gesendet: Mar 5, 2010 11:12:03 AM
An: FIELDTRIP at NIC.SURFNET.NL
Betreff: Re: [FIELDTRIP] quiestions about planar transformation

>Dear Mark,
>
>There may be some confusion here, relating to whether we are talking
>about frequency domain data (=power, always a positive value), or
>whether we are talking about time domain data (=amplitude, can be
>positive and negative).
>
>(or magnetometer) data is not the best thing to do for time domain
>stuff.
>Reason: combination takes place by applying Pythagoras' rule to the
>_dV and _dH pairs, and when the individual _dH and _dV components are
>to an 'amplification' of noise. Not good. It works after trial-
>averaging because you squeeze out the noise first and Pythagoras the
>reduced-noise signals.
>
>For frequency domain data this is not an issue.
>Reason: combination usually takes place by just adding the _dV and _dH
>pairs (power is a squared value already). This is just a linear step
>(just like averaging) and the order of performing the linear steps
>does not matter for the result. So single trial combination prior to
>averaging or vice versa should not make a difference here.
>
>In general I would advise against trying to do statistics on the
>combined planar gradient and use it for visualization purposes only.
>Alternatively, one could come up with a non-parametric statistical
>test (permutation), in which I could think of a way of extracting a p-
>value from a single _dH/_dV pair combined. But this would be a
>different story...
>
>Best,
>
>Jan-Mathijs
>
>
>> Hi all
>>
>> I am currently a little confused as to how to properly use megplanar
>> and combineplanar for my 4D 148 axial gadiometer data. I would
>> ideally like to use planar gradients as it will make subsequent ERF
>> and frequency analysis easier to interpret. My question is when
>> should I combine the v and h components?
>>
>> Looking  at some previous posts it is suggested that you should
>> combine the gradients on an individual basis, but when I do this i
>> get an almost flat amplitude across all sensors which doesn't look
>> right (see attached image, 'bad_planar'). When i use combineplanar
>> after averaging, the data the data looks ok (good_planar). I get the
>> same result doing both megplanar and combineplanar on the averaged
>> data.
>>
>> I just want to double check that the 'bad' planar fields i am
>> getting are correct and not due to a bug in field trip. Intuitively,
>> I would expect combining the components on the individual level
>> world be more accurate as it would prevent fields from opposeingly
>> orientated dipoles cancelling out when averaged.
>>
>> If it is the case that you should use combineplanar after trial
>> averaging, how do you go about combining after statistical tests?
>> i.e. when you have a p-value or a test statistic for the v and h
>> components for each sensor, how would you combine these together?
>>
>> Any help or advice would be appreciated.
>>
>> Many thanks
>>
>> Mark
>
>Dr. J.M. (Jan-Mathijs) Schoffelen
>Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour,
>Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging,
>J.Schoffelen at donders.ru.nl
>Telephone: 0031-24-3668063
>
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