Wes Kyle

I am an M.Sc. student in the Complexity Science Group at the UofC. I joined the group in September 2016. My research topic is yet to be determined but is nebulously defined as seismology.


My personal Interests largely overlap my long term academic interests. Applications of information theory, electoral systems, numerical optimization/learning, and econometrics. I quite enjoy digging around in data sets and looking for non-obvious relationships or patterns. I am currently interested in applications of information theoretic concepts to economic, social, and climate systems.

I also have a keen interest in telescope design and construction when I have the time and money. My current project is a 20.3 cm (8") F/9 Newtonian primary. I also have a 40.6 cm (16") glass blank waiting to be rough ground.

Current projects

  • Anticipating equity price movements using multi-layer neural networks: Gradient descent vs. Monte Carlo training methods
  • Shannon entropy as an improved measure of electoral competitiveness in place of margins

Past projects

  • Municipal election finances in major Canadian cities: Cost per vote and incumbent advantage
  • Citation network of Canadian federal legislation
  • Parsing Canadian legislation with regular expressions to automatically extract referenced or amended bills and generate word clouds as visual and concise indicators of content

Contact information


Science B, Room 512


Department of Physics and Astronomy,
SB 605, University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB
T2N 1N4


(403) 210 - 9347