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|Title:||Crowding at the front of marathon packs|
Majumdar, Satya N.
|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)|
|Copyright:||2008 IOP Publishing Ltd|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers (TP)|
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