Data-driven visualization of multichannel EEG coherence networks based on community structure analysis

Chengtao Ji*, Natasha M. Maurits, Jos B.T.M. Roerdink

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An electroencephalography (EEG) coherence network is a representation of functional brain connectivity, and is constructed by calculating the coherence between pairs of electrode signals as a function of frequency. Typical visualizations of coherence networks use a matrix representation with rows and columns representing electrodes and cells representing coherences between electrode signals, or a 2D node-link diagram with vertices representing electrodes and edges representing coherences. However, such representations do not allow an easy embedding of spatial information or they suffer from visual clutter, especially for multichannel EEG coherence networks. In this paper, a new method for data-driven visualization of multichannel EEG coherence networks is proposed to avoid the drawbacks of conventional methods. This method partitions electrodes into dense groups of spatially connected regions. It not only preserves spatial relationships between regions, but also allows an analysis of the functional connectivity within and between brain regions, which could be used to explore the relationship between functional connectivity and underlying brain structures. As an example application, the method is applied to the analysis of multichannel EEG coherence networks obtained from older and younger adults who perform a cognitive task. The proposed method can serve as a preprocessing step before a more detailed analysis of EEG coherence networks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number41
JournalApplied Network Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain connectivity
  • Community structure
  • Multichannel data
  • Visualization


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