Systematic data analysis and data mining in CatWalk gait analysis by heat mapping exemplified in rodent models for neurodegenerative diseases

Ivanna K. Timotius, F. Canneva, Georgia Minakaki, Sandra Moceri, Anne Christine Plank, Nicolas Casadei, Olaf Riess, Jürgen Winkler, Jochen Klucken, Bjoern Eskofier, Stephan von Hörsten*

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Abstract

Background: Motor impairment appears as a characteristic symptom of several diseases and injuries. Therefore, tests for analyzing motor dysfunction are widely applied across preclinical models and disease stages. Among those, gait analysis tests are commonly used, but they generate a huge number of gait parameters. Thus, complications in data analysis and reporting raise, which often leads to premature parameter selection. New methods: In order to avoid arbitrary parameter selection, we present here a systematic initial data analysis by utilizing heat-maps for data reporting. We exemplified this approach within an intervention study, as well as applied it to two longitudinal studies in rodent models related to Parkinson's disease (PD) and Huntington disease (HD). Results: The systematic initial data analysis (IDA) is feasible for exploring gait parameters, both in experimental and longitudinal studies. The resulting heat maps provided a visualization of gait parameters within a single chart, highlighting important clusters of differences. Comparison with existing method: Often, premature parameter selection is practiced, lacking comprehensiveness. Researchers often use multiple separated graphs on distinct gait parameters for reporting. Additionally, negative results are often not reported. Conclusions: Heat mapping utilized in initial data analysis is advantageous for reporting clustered gait parameter differences in one single chart and improves data mining.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108367
JournalJournal of Neuroscience Methods
Volume326
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CatWalk system
  • Gait analysis
  • Heat map
  • Huntington disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Rodent models

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