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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 arXiv.org (one of the alternative locations)
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2289/4523
Alternative Location: http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.1702
http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1742-5468/2008/03/L03001
http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2008JSMTE..03L.001S
Copyright: 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd
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