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Running with Cases: A CBR Approach to Running Your Best Marathon


Barry Smyth, Padraig Cunningham

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Every year millions of people around the world train for, and compete in, the marathon. As race-day approaches, and training schedules begin to wind down, many participants will turn their attention to their race strategy, as they strive to achieve their best time. To help with this, in this paper we describe a novel application of case-based reasoning to address the dual task of: (1) predicting a challenging, but achievable, personal best race-time for a marathon runner; and (2) recommending a race-plan to achieve this time. We describe how suitable cases can be generated from pairs of race histories and how we can predict a personal best race-time and produce a tailored race-plan by reusing the race histories of similar runners. This work is evaluated using data from the last six years of the London Marathon.
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National University of Ireland, Dublin (UCD)
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