Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Crowding at the front of marathon packs
Authors: Sabhapandit, Sanjib
Majumdar, Satya N.
Redner, S.
Issue Date: Mar-2008
Publisher: IOP Publishing Ltd
Citation: Journal of Statistical Mechanics, 2008, pL03001
Abstract: We study the crowding of near-extreme events in the time gaps between successive finishers in major international marathons. Naively, one might expect these gaps to become progressively larger for better-placing finishers. While such an increase does indeed occur from the middle of the finishing pack down to approximately 20th place, the gaps saturate for the first 10-20 finishers. We give a probabilistic account of this feature. However, the data suggest that the gaps have a weak maximum around the 10th place, a feature that seems to have a sociological origin.
Description: Restricted Access. An open-access version is available at (one of the alternative locations)
Alternative Location:
Copyright: 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd
Appears in Collections:Research Papers (TP)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
2008_Stat Mech theory and Expt_03_pL03001.pdf
  Restricted Access
Restricted Access924.58 kBAdobe PDFView/Open Request a copy

Items in RRI Digital Repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.