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NHLBI Continues Its Support of the National Sleep Research Resource

Brigham and Women's Hospital, June 9, 2020 – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has announced that the National Sleep Research Resource (NSRR), hosted by Brigham and Women's Hospital, was awarded a five-year contract, facilitating an expansion of capabilities and providing support for increased community involvement. Keep reading

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By NSRR on June 9, 2020 Jun 9, 2020 in News

nuMoM2b dataset released

The Nulliparous Pregnancy Outcomes Study: Monitoring Mothers-to-Be (nuMoM2b), which began in 2010, studies pregnant women who will be delivering for the first time (nulliparous women). This prospective cohort study evaluates the underlying, interrelated mechanisms of several common adverse pregnancy outcomes, which can be unpredictable in women who have little or no pregnancy history, to help guide their treatment. Keep reading

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By mrueschman on April 9, 2020 Apr 9, 2020 in Releases

Visualizing NSRR data

To paraphrase the adage, a picture is worth a thousand numbers. In order to investigate some basic properties of NSRR datasets, here we generate a number of whole-dataset visualizations. To make sense of these images, we’ll employ a remarkably complex computational pattern recognition and dimension reduction framework, a.k.a. the human visual system. Keep reading

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By shaunpurcell on January 22, 2020 Jan 22, 2020 in Data Notes

Tools for the analysis of sleep data

The NSRR is revamping its Tools pages and needs your help! Have you developed a tool for the analysis of sleep data that you'd like others to know about and use? Do you have some tricks and tips for using existing packages that you'd like to share? What about a write-up listing your favorite tools, explaining how you use them and what's good about them? Or perhaps you'd like to share some data analytic problems that aren't met by existing tools? If so, we'd love for you to submit a gues. Keep reading

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By shaunpurcell on September 13, 2019 Sep 13, 2019 in Tools

UMAP clustering of NSRR data

Visualizing data is almost always useful, but this can be difficult when you have a lot of complex data. This is where dimension reduction techniques can play an important role. As described here, we applied one such technique to sleep EEG spectra from over 16,000 individuals in the NSRR, to get a feel for some of the sources of individual differences (both physiological and artefactual) in these data. Keep reading

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By shaunpurcell on May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 in Data Notes

Luna: software for the analysis of sleep signal data

Luna is a C/C++ library focused on the analysis of large numbers of sleep studies, such as those available from the NSRR. Luna is completely open-source and not dependent on proprietary software. If you're interested in analyzing sleep signals from the NSRR, you might want to start by looking at Luna. Currently, there is a command-line tool (lunaC) and an extension library for R (lunaR). Keep reading

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By shaunpurcell on May 28, 2019 May 28, 2019 in Tools

EEG polarity issues in the NSRR

Many analyses of sleep EEG data are effectively agnostic to the polarity of the EEG signal. That is, you could flip the signal (i.e. multiply every sample value by -1) and still obtain equivalent results, e.g. from most spectral analyses. For certain analyses that consider the phase of a signal, however, it will in fact matter that the polarity of the signal is correct. Keep reading

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By shaunpurcell on May 27, 2019 May 27, 2019 in Data Notes

NSRR gem v5.0.0 released

The NSRR gem v5.0.0 has been released. This new version of the gem support Ruby 2.4.6 or greater, and has added support for Ruby 2.6.3. To update to the latest version of the gem, type: gem install nsrr --no-document Please note that we are also dropping support for v0.3.0 and v0.4.0 of the gem that rely on an older data access API that is being removed. Leave a reply below or email us at support@sleepdata.org if you have any questions or issues using the new release. Keep reading

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By remomueller on May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 in Tools

Data dictionary management with Spout

Spout is an open-source Ruby tool that helps the National Sleep Research Resource team curate, manage, and version-control data dictionaries that describe underlying datasets on the site. These data dictionaries provide metadata about the variables (columns) within a dataset. A well-defined data dictionary is an essential tool for researchers who want to understand and analyze a given dataset. Background The NSRR team started development on Spout in 2013. Version 1.0. Keep reading

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By mrueschman on May 7, 2019 May 7, 2019 in Tools

Download from the NSRR directly through R

Do you do statistics programming using R? Do you wish you could download files from the NSRR without going through the process of installing Ruby? Well, John Muschelli and Ciprian Crainiceanu sure think so. John and Ciprian created an open-source "R" implementation of the NSRR downloader that is available for download on CRAN, https://cran.r-project.org/web/packages/nsrr/index.html. Keep reading

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By remomueller on March 1, 2019 Mar 1, 2019 in Tools