This project explores the structure and predictability of humpback whale songs through the
lens of information theory. First, a variety of samples of humpback whale songs will be
converted into sequences of symbols, done with automated and human classifiers
separately. Then, these sequences will be investigated using both parametric and
nonparametric entropy estimators, to gain insight into how much information these songs
communicate, and determine whether their structure is hierarchical.
University of Adelaide
Macey Lawson is an undergraduate student studying a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences (Advanced) at the University of Adelaide. She is passionate about applied mathematics, and is particularly interested in the fields of space science and information theory. As an avid lover of the arts, Macey is constantly seeking out the spaces where creativity meets mathematics.