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Teradata's Sleep Prediction Hackathon

Teradata's Sleep Prediction Hackathon
Earlier this year, Teradata Data Science Management arranged a Hackathon on a particular use case: “Sleep Predictions” based on apple watch data to give our data science consultants across the globe a taste of health care analytics. The dataset was collected through 39 subjects wearing apple watches who underwent extensive observation of their sleep cycles. The purpose was to capture different stages of sleep based on heart rate and activity count. Further variables were also derived from the given features.

The features present in this data set are shown below in a tabular format.
Screen-Shot-2021-07-20-at-9-05-35-AM.pngThe data was labelled with the following stages of sleep.
Screen-Shot-2021-07-19-at-9-50-34-AM.pngThe numbers given below represent the class distribution of the labels. A clear balance can be seen in the class distribution. This would be cause bias in the result.

Class distribution

Furthermore, inconsistency in the number of datapoints per subject was also observed during the analysis.

The diagrams below show scatterplots of the features in the dataset namely heart rate, Activity Count, Circadian Feature, Cosine Feature, and Time. Both Activity Count and Heart rate show a fairly uniform distribution of records whereas circadian feature and cosine feature show parabolic curves. The time feature is linear as its values are incremental.
Screen-Shot-2021-07-19-at-9-51-47-AM.pngA simple correlation matrix as shown below helped identify features like cosine feature, index, and activity count. These features were dropped from the actual analysis.

Screen-Shot-2021-07-19-at-9-52-15-AM.pngCorrelation Matrix

Methodology to overcome inconsistency

To overcome the data inconsistency problem (over the subjects and classes) time series forecasting was used for data imputation and feature engineering.

The subjects were scanned to find the optimal time-series length needed for the analysis. Once this was determined, the data for each subject was imputed based on how many observations were needed w.r.t to the optimal length (calculated by a simple difference).

So the first part of the process was to utilize time-based algorithms like Facebook Prophet, to impute/extrapolate time series for all measures based on the longest time series available. This would ensure time series of equal length, for every individual and eliminate bias.

The dataset was split into test and train per subject using 80/20 rule. Then the classification algorithms were applied to the new data set and the performance metrics were compared to the original data set.

Prophet and Data Imputation

Prophet is an open-source forecasting library developed by Facebook to facilitate data scientists to perform multivariate time series forecasting. Prophet uses additive regression at its backend and utilizes Fourier Series to model a yearly seasonal component. It also uses other components like piecewise linear or logistic growth trends. The user also has to provide the grain of time (Weekly, Yearly, Monthly, Daily, Hourly) that is to be predicted.

We have used Prophet for data imputation because it is a tool that has countless testimonies to support its performance.

We show below some of the examples of data imputation on particular features.

The graphs below show the forecasting of the feature, heart rate. In the first graph, the grain on the x-axis is the date. The black dots represent the balanced time series. The green dots represent the test set to be predicted. The blue line is the actual prediction against the test set. The second graph below shows the same analysis but at a finer detail (Time Stamp). It can be seen in the second graph that the forecast data mimics the test dataset. Further analysis on the performance metrics like RMSE and R2 would tell the actual story. This type of imputation was done for important features in the dataset.

Logistic regression was used as a basic algorithm on the pre-imputed dataset to set a baseline. The results below show poor performance in terms of F1 score for classes 0, 1, 3, 4, and 5 mainly because of the imbalance in the classes.


Base Test (Logistic Regression) - Before Imputation

Random forest was used as the main algorithm for the project. The before and after results/performance metrics show the stark difference between pre-imputed and post-imputed data. The increase in support metric for class 0 supports the increase in the F1 score for that particular class. Other classes that showed a significant increase were class 1 and class 4 (Table 2). An increase in the macro average and the weighted average was also seen.

Future Work

This project has potential for future work.

  • Addition of effective visualizations which would give the project an uplift in terms of better insights.
  • ‚ÄčThe data set can be further enhanced by incorporating geography data, subject’s age, gender, health-related data and weather data.
  • ‚ÄčEnhancing the data set would improve the performance measures.
  • Implementation of cross-validation methods would also ensure better confidence in the results.


  • Goldberger, A., Amaral, L., Glass, L., Hausdorff, J., Ivanov, P. C., Mark, R., ... & Stanley, H. E. (2000). PhysioBank, PhysioToolkit, and PhysioNet: Components of a new research resource for complex physiologic signals. Circulation [Online]. 101 (23), pp. e215–e220.

  • Teradata Data Science Hackathon (11-Feb-2021)

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Usman is a Data Science Master’s Graduate from the University of Hildesheim (Germany) with prior experience in the Data Warehousing domain as a Business Intelligence Consultant. He has worked with versatile teams in the Telecom and Finance sector in order to cater to business requirements. Usman has worked on Access Layer development, Report development, Dashboard development, KPI reconciliation and Adhoc Data requirements for the BI domain. For the Data Science domain, he worked on a end -o-end Motion Classification Project based on sensor data, the result of which was published in the ECDA 2019 (European Conference of Data Analytics). His tasks in the project primarily were Data Exploration, Preprocessing and Training and testing logistic regression with LSTM. Usman also worked on the comparison and improvement of Model Averaging Techniques through Network Topology Modelling in a distributed environment with Pytorch and MPI.

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