Sensitivity analysis of an electrophysiology model for the left ventricle

Giulio Del Corso, Roberto Verzicco, Francesco Viola*

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Modelling the cardiac electrophysiology entails dealing with the uncertainties related to the input parameters such as the heart geometry and the electrical conductivities of the tissues, thus calling for an uncertainty quantification (UQ) of the results. Since the chambers of the heart have different shapes and tissues, in order to make the problem affordable, here we focus on the left ventricle with the aim of identifying which of the uncertain inputs mostly affect its electrophysiology. In a first phase, the uncertainty of the input parameters is evaluated using data available from the literature and the output quantities of interest (QoIs) of the problem are defined. According to the polynomial chaos expansion, a training dataset is then created by sampling the parameter space using a quasi-Monte Carlo method whereas a smaller independent dataset is used for the validation of the resulting metamodel. The latter is exploited to run a global sensitivity analysis with nonlinear variance-based indices and thus reduce the input parameter space accordingly. Thereafter, the uncertainty probability distribution of the QoIs are evaluated using a direct UQ strategy on a larger dataset and the results discussed in the light of the medical knowledge.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20200532
JournalJournal of The Royal Society Interface
Issue number171
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2020


  • bidomain model
  • electrophysiology
  • global sensitivity analysis
  • polynomial chaos expansion
  • uncertainty quantification
  • 22/2 OA procedure


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