OPTIMAL STARTING HEIGHT FOR POLE-VAULTING.

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Abstract

A model is constructed for computing the expected height a pole-vaulter will clear when he starts his vaulting at a predetermined height, provided that the bar is raised in constant steps. The model uses conditional joint probabilities that the pole-vaulter will clear certain heights in one of the three possible trial vaults at each height, provided that he has already vaulted a certain number of times. The optimal starting height for pole-vaulting is determined by searching for the starting height that will maximize the expected height cleared. An approach is outlined for deriving the required probabilities from easily obtainable data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)968-978
Number of pages11
JournalOperations Research
Volume23
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 1975

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Management Science and Operations Research

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