The MIT-BIH Noise Stress Test Database

This database is described in

Moody GB, Muldrow WE, Mark RG. A noise stress test for arrhythmia detectors. Computers in Cardiology 1984; 11:381-384.

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Goldberger AL, Amaral LAN, Glass L, Hausdorff JM, Ivanov PCh, Mark RG, Mietus JE, Moody GB, Peng C-K, Stanley HE. PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a New Research Resource for Complex Physiologic Signals. Circulation 101(23):e215-e220 [Circulation Electronic Pages; http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/101/23/e215.full]; 2000 (June 13).
sample ECG recording

This database includes 12 half-hour ECG recordings and 3 half-hour recordings of noise typical in ambulatory ECG recordings. The noise recordings were made using physically active volunteers and standard ECG recorders, leads, and electrodes; the electrodes were placed on the limbs in positions in which the subjects’ ECGs were not visible. The three noise records were assembled from the recordings by selecting intervals that contained predominantly baseline wander (in record 'bw'), muscle (EMG) artifact (in record 'ma'), and electrode motion artifact (in record 'em'). Electrode motion artifact is generally considered the most troublesome, since it can mimic the appearance of ectopic beats and cannot be removed easily by simple filters, as can noise of other types.

The ECG recordings were created by the script nstdbgen- using two clean recordings (118 and 119) from the MIT-BIH Arrhythmia Database, to which calibrated amounts of noise from record 'em' were added using nst. (The process of making such records is now simpler; the simplified script nstdbgen can be used with current versions of the WFDB software package to recreate these records.) Noise was added beginning after the first 5 minutes of each record, during two-minute segments alternating with two-minute clean segments. The signal-to-noise ratios (SNRs) during the noisy segments of these records are:

RecordSNR (dB)RecordSNR (dB)
118e2424119e2424
118e1818119e1818
118e1212119e1212
118e06 6119e06 6
118e00 0119e00 0
118e_6-6119e_6-6

Since the original ECG recordings are clean, the correct beat annotations are known even when the noise makes the recordings visually unreadable. The reference annotations for these records are simply copies of those for the original clean ECGs.

Icon  Name                    Last modified      Size  Description
[DIR] Parent Directory - [DIR] old/ 14-Jul-2011 16:50 - [   ] DOI 21-Sep-2015 19:00 19 [   ] ANNOTATORS 14-Oct-2000 04:32 59 list of annotators [XWS] bw.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 80 WAVEScript [XWS] em.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 80 WAVEScript [XWS] ma.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 80 WAVEScript [   ] ma.hea 15-Feb-2012 00:28 90 header file [XWS] 118e00.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 118e06.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 118e12.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 118e18.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 118e24.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 118e_6.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e00.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e06.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e12.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e18.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e24.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [XWS] 119e_6.xws 12-Dec-1999 23:29 91 WAVEScript [   ] em.hea 15-Feb-2012 00:28 92 header file [   ] RECORDS 29-Mar-2000 17:12 93 list of record names [   ] bw.hea 15-Feb-2012 00:28 93 header file [   ] ma.hea- 02-Aug-1992 09:39 114 header file [   ] em.hea- 02-Aug-1992 09:39 116 header file [   ] bw.hea- 02-Aug-1992 09:39 117 header file [   ] 119e00.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:09 170 header file [   ] 119e_6.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:10 171 header file [   ] 118e_6.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:06 172 header file [   ] 118e00.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:05 173 header file [   ] 119e12.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:08 174 header file [   ] 118e06.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:04 175 header file [   ] 118e18.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:03 175 header file [   ] 119e06.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:08 175 header file [   ] 119e18.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:07 175 header file [   ] 119e24.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:06 175 header file [   ] 118e24.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:03 176 header file [   ] 118e12.hea 02-Aug-1992 10:04 177 header file [   ] nstdbgen 08-Nov-2002 09:01 730 [   ] nstdbgen- 02-Aug-1992 09:39 1.2K [   ] nstdb.doc 02-Aug-1992 10:54 1.9K [TXT] nstdb.txt 02-Aug-1992 10:54 1.9K [   ] MD5SUMS 13-Jul-2005 07:17 2.8K [TXT] local.css 28-Oct-2015 23:02 3.1K [   ] SHA1SUMS 13-Jul-2005 07:17 3.3K [   ] 118e00.atr 02-Aug-1992 05:35 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e06.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:04 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e12.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:04 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e18.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:03 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e24.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:03 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 118e_6.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:06 4.5K reference annotations [   ] 119e00.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:09 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e06.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:08 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e12.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:08 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e18.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:07 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e24.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:06 4.7K reference annotations [   ] 119e_6.atr 02-Aug-1992 10:10 4.7K reference annotations [   ] SHA256SUMS 18-Sep-2007 18:39 4.9K [   ] 118e06.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:04 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e12.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:04 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e18.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:03 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e24.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:03 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e06.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:08 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e12.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:08 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e18.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:07 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e24.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:06 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] bw.dat 02-Aug-1992 09:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] em.dat 02-Aug-1992 09:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] ma.dat 02-Aug-1992 09:39 1.9M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e00.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:05 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 118e_6.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:06 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e00.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:09 2.5M digitized signal(s) [   ] 119e_6.dat 02-Aug-1992 10:10 2.5M digitized signal(s)

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