Shaul P. Ladany, John W. Humes, Georghios P. Sphicas

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A general model has been developed to determine the optimal distance between the official take-off line in the long jump and the arbitrary line that a jumper should select for himself and aim at for his take-offs, in order to maximize the expected scored distance in a competition. The model has been solved using simulation for the normal distribution which describes properly the experimental data. An approximate analytic solution which neglects the truncation of one of the variables yielded acceptable results and allowed the derivation of a table of approximate optimal take-off lines for various combinations of jumping characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-506
Number of pages12
JournalOperational Research Quarterly
Issue number3 i
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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