When performing experiments where timing is critical, a signal with a high sampling rate is desired. However, having a signal with a much higher sampling rate than is necessary needlessly consumes memory and slows down computations operating on the data.
This example downsamples from 600 Hz to 100 Hz. This achieves a 6-fold reduction in data size, at the cost of an equal loss of temporal resolution.
# Authors: Marijn van Vliet <email@example.com> # # License: BSD (3-clause) # from __future__ import print_function from matplotlib import pyplot as plt import mne from mne.datasets import sample
Setting up data paths and loading raw data (skip some data for speed)
Opening raw data file /home/ubuntu/mne_data/MNE-sample-data/MEG/sample/sample_audvis_raw.fif... Read a total of 3 projection items: PCA-v1 (1 x 102) idle PCA-v2 (1 x 102) idle PCA-v3 (1 x 102) idle Range : 25800 ... 192599 = 42.956 ... 320.670 secs Ready. Current compensation grade : 0 Reading 0 ... 72074 = 0.000 ... 120.000 secs...
Since downsampling reduces the timing precision of events, we recommend first extracting epochs and downsampling the Epochs object:
events = mne.find_events(raw) epochs = mne.Epochs(raw, events, event_id=2, tmin=-0.1, tmax=0.8, preload=True) # Downsample to 100 Hz print('Original sampling rate:', epochs.info['sfreq'], 'Hz') epochs_resampled = epochs.copy().resample(100, npad='auto') print('New sampling rate:', epochs_resampled.info['sfreq'], 'Hz') # Plot a piece of data to see the effects of downsampling plt.figure(figsize=(7, 3)) n_samples_to_plot = int(0.5 * epochs.info['sfreq']) # plot 0.5 seconds of data plt.plot(epochs.times[:n_samples_to_plot], epochs.get_data()[0, 0, :n_samples_to_plot], color='black') n_samples_to_plot = int(0.5 * epochs_resampled.info['sfreq']) plt.plot(epochs_resampled.times[:n_samples_to_plot], epochs_resampled.get_data()[0, 0, :n_samples_to_plot], '-o', color='red') plt.xlabel('time (s)') plt.legend(['original', 'downsampled'], loc='best') plt.title('Effect of downsampling') mne.viz.tight_layout()
144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] 33 matching events found Created an SSP operator (subspace dimension = 3) 3 projection items activated Loading data for 33 events and 541 original time points ... 0 bad epochs dropped Original sampling rate: 600.614990234 Hz New sampling rate: 100.0 Hz
When resampling epochs is unwanted or impossible, for example when the data doesn’t fit into memory or your analysis pipeline doesn’t involve epochs at all, the alternative approach is to resample the continuous data. This can also be done on non-preloaded data.
# Resample to 300 Hz raw_resampled = raw.copy().resample(300, npad='auto')
144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] 144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32]
Because resampling also affects the stim channels, some trigger onsets might be lost in this case. While MNE attempts to downsample the stim channels in an intelligent manner to avoid this, the recommended approach is to find events on the original data before downsampling.
print('Number of events before resampling:', len(mne.find_events(raw))) # Resample to 100 Hz (generates warning) raw_resampled = raw.copy().resample(100, npad='auto') print('Number of events after resampling:', len(mne.find_events(raw_resampled))) # To avoid losing events, jointly resample the data and event matrix events = mne.find_events(raw) raw_resampled, events_resampled = raw.copy().resample( 100, npad='auto', events=events) print('Number of events after resampling:', len(events_resampled))
144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] Number of events before resampling: 144 144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] 143 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] Resampling of the stim channels caused event information to become unreliable. Consider finding events on the original data and passing the event matrix as a parameter. 143 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] Number of events after resampling: 143 144 events found Events id: [ 1 2 3 4 5 32] Number of events after resampling: 144
Total running time of the script: ( 0 minutes 15.735 seconds)