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Exploring Clustering Techniques in Marathon Running by Daniel Kacmarek '22, Statistics Colloquium

Wed, December 1st, 2021
1:10 pm
- 1:50 pm

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Exploring Clustering Techniques in Marathon Running by Daniel Kacmarek '22, Statistics Colloquium

Exploring Clustering Techniques in Marathon Running by Daniel Kacmarek ’22, Statistics Colloquium, Wednesday, December 1, 1:10 – 1:50 pm, North Science Building 017, Wachenheim

Abstract:  Originating from the legend of Philippides, the marathon is an incredible exercise feat consisting of a 26.2-mile foot race.  Adored and feared by many people, this race pushes the physical and mental capacities of anyone who participates.  One iconic feature of the marathon that I will investigate more closely is “The Wall” or the period of the race where runners suffer a combination of fatigue and lack of available fuel causing them to struggle to the finish-line.  In this talk, I will apply and discuss several clustering techniques to the pacing profiles of runners in order understand the variables that predict weather or not a runner will “hit the wall”.  By understanding this, I hope to shed light on both the physiological and psychological effects runners must keep in mind prior to race day.

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