Contractions at one point in the human duodenum were studied as a time series. Manometric records were made over long time periods from the duodenum in fed human subjects. A 5-s grid was superimposed on the time axis of the records. Each 5-s interval was treated as a slow-wave cycle within which either a contraction or a no-contraction could occur. The resulting series of alternating runs of contractions and no-contractions was tested for the existence of trends. Trends were found indicating possible temporal dependence. A Markov-type model was used to try to generate data similar to the real data. Success was achieved by a model that assumed a probability of contraction dependent on the three previous slow-wave cycles. The frequency distributions obtained from the real and generated data were compared using Chi-square goodness-of-fit tests and found to be statistically similar. The correlations in time found for the contractions might be due to a time dependency in the controls for contraction over four successive slow-wave periods, 20 s in humans.
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