A tutorial on fractal analysis of human movements

Aaron D. Likens, Nick Stergiou

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

5 Scopus citations


This chapter presents an introduction to fractal analysis of human movement data. Our approach avoids heavy-handed mathematics and confusing jargon. Instead, we have presented the material in plain language and taken care to define terms unique to fractal theory and analyses. To that end, we have presented basic ideas related to fractal theory and translated those ideas to fractal characteristics typical of human movement variability. In addition, we presented an in-depth tutorial on one of the most common methods of fractal and multifractal analysis. Finally, we presented two complete examples demonstrating how to use these techniques in laboratory studies. We believe that our presentation will provide gait analysts and biomechanists with an easy way to implement fractal analysis into their research and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBiomechanics and Gait Analysis
Number of pages32
ISBN (Electronic)9780128133729
ISBN (Print)9780128134405
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Fractals
  • multifractals
  • self-similarity
  • time series
  • variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


Dive into the research topics of 'A tutorial on fractal analysis of human movements'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this