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The Statistics of Counting Coughs: Easy as 1, 2, 3?

Cough is one of the most common reasons that individuals seek health care, and yet it is largely unmeasured in clinical medicine and practice.

Cough is one of the most common reasons that individuals seek health care, and yet it is largely unmeasured in clinical medicine and practice. New technology that unobtrusively monitors cough holds great promise in continually monitoring cough. Detecting a change in cough rates would be easy if people coughed like metronomes. In reality, chronic coughers have good and bad days, hours, and minutes. This stochastic nature of cough raises challenges in detecting statistically significant changes in cough frequency. Here we describe statistical properties of cough monitoring data and suggest a method to detect changes in its frequency.

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