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Sunday, January 30th, 2011, 2:41 pm

Cardiomat Version 1.0 is Released

TODAY I AM releasing the final code from my current project. The following is the accompanying README file:

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Cardiomat is the name given to an Octave/MATLAB program whose intended use is heart tracking, with various different bits that help probe cardiac structure and perform basic measurements.


Contained in the package are the following M-files and sub-directories:

./README (this file)

In addition, the program depends on at least one function from biosig4octmat-2.50, whose homepage is located at That function helps find the centre and the radius of a best fit circle/sphere for a group of points.

The directory named “Hybrid” contains functions that were written jointly and “Imported” contains functions which were brought from the outside. The core functions in the package are GPLv3-licensed and the rest are most likely to be BSD-licensed (check the sources to verify). Some of the imported functions may work only in MATLAB and not in GNU Octave, which is a free/libre substitute for MATLAB that lacks some graphical features for the most part.


The program was written to be compatible with both Octave and MATLAB. There are some features in it that may require a UNIX/Linux system (e.g. animated videos) and some that may require MATLAB. Additionally, in order to reduce dependency on MATLAB’s GUI utilities, the program can be run in GUI and CLI modes separately, with only the use of figures being the exception to this (figures are output rather than means of interaction).

Key functions reside in the main directory of the program (one function, getdicomimages.m, is deprecated) and a directory named “GUI” contains some of the newer parts that add a GUI.

An important interface function is called fiesta_simulation.m. The first line of code in this function is a boolean flag that says whether the program should be run in GUI mode or not. If use_gui is 0, then the program will simply run the list of tasks specified below. It is possible to give several jobs for the program to complete this way, e.g. in order to run many experiments overnight. If use_gui is non-zero (probably 1 but not necessarily), then the function is assumed to have been called from the file GUI/cardiomat.m, which is a wrapper that invokes a splash screen and some dialogues that serve as a graphical interface. In turn, parameters fed to these dialogues will be passed to fiesta_simulation.m. It might be necessary to modify some paths inside the files in case the functions and the files are located in different places than the ones specified in parameters. Such paths are named in fiesta_simulation.m, loadtaggedsequence.m (specifies output directories onto which to save figures), and splash.m (looks for program images). For a new user, the only things require modifications are likely to be directory paths and maybe the use_gui boolean, depending on this user’s preference.

To run the program in GUI mode, MATLAB is needed. There is also a parameter to specify in fiesta_simulation.m in order to inform loadtaggedsequence.m whether MATLAB or Octave gets used. It is the boolean which is also the last argument in the function call, being 0 for MATLAB and 1 for Octave. The GUI front end will always pass 0 under the assumption that it is run under MATLAB.


The specified directories include a path from which to open images, optionally with a wildcard to filter bits contained within a given directory, e.g. selecting a subset of images that are a range of numbers. Due to privacy/data anonymity constraints, no raw data accompanies this program, even though it can definitely be obtained from many places (see for example


There are separate levels of compatibility dilemmas. One is the program level and another is the operating system level. Although the program has been tested in both MATLAB and Octave, on both GNU/Linux and Windows, there may be trivial code changes to make in case errors show up. Most will be path related, so it is abundantly clear that emphasis should be put on making all functions reachable from within paths definition (e.g. “addpath(genpath(YOUR_PROGRAM_ROOT_DIR_HERE))”) and booleans should be set to do the right thing (GUI/CLI and MATLAB/Octave). The goal is to ensure the program can be run under as many platforms as possible, with either free/libre or proprietary software.


If issues running the program are experienced, please contact the author (address above). Bugs are expected to exist (it is a research purposes program, so polish is not a priority) and input is not validated or sanitised to provide virtual ‘rails’ on which the user operates the program (sane values need to be given). Sample function calls are given in fiesta_simulation.m and /Experiments/fiesta_simulation-old-experiments.m. Some of them may use the old interface and thus lack some input arguments, but most of them show the type of experiments which were run using the program.

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