Hi OpenVibers,

The SVM algorithm (libsvm library) seems to perform very poorly on the standard motor imagery scenario bundled with OV (the one with a preliminary SCP filtering)... versus the standard LDA (Linear Discriminant Analysis): it appears that the feature vectors required by the SVM classifier have to be normalized. Have any of you reached satisfactory results with the SVM classifier ?

I was wondering how to normalize (X transformed into (X-mean(X))/sqrt(var(X)) variables on OV ? Some contributors suggest to use the "simple DSP" box but I don't see how to add inputs on it to inject the Mean and Variance signals computed by the "Univariate Statistics" box. Is there a way to do this ? (without having to create the new box "Normalizer")

## Normalizing signal or feature streams

### Re: Normalizing signal or feature streams

Well, if normalization of the feature vectors is mandatory for the SVM classifier to operate correctly, maybe it would be better if it was implemented directly in ovpCAlgorithmClassifierSVM.cpp directly ? I have inserted the following lines, to activate a normalization of the feature vectors if epsilon=0.001 in the settings, to see if I get better classification results with the SVM (versus LDA which reaches 90% on the motor imagery right/left):

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```
if(m_oParam.eps==0.001)
{
// Normalization of the feature vectors
for(uint32 j=0;j<m_ui32NumberOfFeatures;j++)
{
double moment1 = 0.0;
double moment2 = 0.0;
for(int i=0;i<m_oProb.l;i++)
{
moment1 = moment1 + m_oProb.x[i][j].value;
moment2 = moment2 + (m_oProb.x[i][j].value)*(m_oProb.x[i][j].value);
}
moment1 = moment1/m_oProb.l; // moment1 stores the mean
moment2 = moment2/m_oProb.l-moment1; // moment2 stores the variance
for(int i=0;i<m_oProb.l;i++)
{
m_oProb.x[i][j].value=(m_oProb.x[i][j].value - moment1)/sqrt(moment2)/2;
}
}
}
```