Introducing Statistical Persistence Decay: A Quantification of Stride-to-Stride Time Interval Dependency in Human Gait. Academic Article uri icon


  • Stride-to-stride time intervals during human walking are characterised by predictability and statistical persistence quantified by sample entropy (SaEn) and detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) which indicates a time dependency in the gait pattern. However, neither analyses quantify time dependency in a physical or physiological interpretable time scale. Recently, entropic half-life (ENT) has been introduced as a measure of the time dependency on an interpretable time scale. A novel measure of time dependency, based on DFA, statistical persistence decay (SPD), was introduced. The present study applied SaEn, DFA, ENT, and SPD in known theoretical signals (periodic, chaotic, and random) and stride-to-stride time intervals during overground and treadmill walking in healthy subjects. The analyses confirmed known properties of the theoretical signals. There was a significant lower predictability (p=0.033) and lower statistical persistence (p=0.012) during treadmill walking compared to overground walking. No significant difference was observed for ENT and SPD between walking condition, and they exhibited a low correlation. ENT showed that predictability in stride time intervals was halved after 11-14 strides and SPD indicated that the statistical persistency was deteriorated to uncorrelated noise after~50 strides. This indicated a substantial time memory, where information from previous strides affected the future strides.

published proceedings

  • Ann Biomed Eng

altmetric score

  • 0.25

author list (cited authors)

  • Raffalt, P. C., & Yentes, J. M.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Raffalt, PC||Yentes, JM

publication date

  • January 2018