Gregory Backus

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Animal acoustic communication often takes the form of complex sequences, made up of multiple distinct acoustic units. Apart from the well-known example of birdsong, other animals such as insects, amphibians, and mammals (including bats, rodents, primates, and cetaceans) also generate complex acoustic sequences. Occasionally, such as with birdsong, the(More)
Male Mexican Free-tailed Bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) attract mates and defend territory using multi-phrase songs that have a structured set of rules. A subjective view of their spectrograms shows similarity and dissimilarity between the chirps (a syllable within the song) of different males. We developed a rigorous algorithm to characterize the shapes of(More)
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