[FieldTrip] low-pass filtering

Simanova, I. (Irina) i.simanova at donders.ru.nl
Tue Jun 26 17:16:40 CEST 2018

Dear experts,

We recently submitted a paper where we use a cluster permutation analysis of ERFs (testing conditions exchangeability). The EEG was sampled at 500 Hz and low-pass filtered at 40 Hz during preprocessing. One of the reviewers has indicated that using this temporal resolution for the analysis seems unnecessary given the low-pass filter, which makes each time point not independent due to smoothing. He further asks: "Do all key significant components replicate if the analysis is performed using a mean amplitude that is averaged for larger time bins (25 ms bins) instead of individual time points?"

I understand that when doing parametric analysis one might want to reduce the number of comparisons by averaging ERF samples over time bins. But here we solve the MCP with the cluster analysis. But it also seems like the reviewer is concerned about non-independecy in the data resulting from low-pass filtering. I wanted to check with you: can smoothing time-series indeed compromise the cluster-based analysis (e.g. affect the cluster size)?

Thank you,
Kind regards,

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