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Performance Analysis in Table Tennis - Stochastic Simulation by Numerical Derivation

Authors
  • Wenninger, S.
  • Lames, M.
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Computer Science in Sport
Publisher
De Gruyter Open
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2016
Volume
15
Issue
1
Pages
22–36
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1515/ijcss-2016-0002
Source
De Gruyter
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify the impact of different tactical behaviors on the winning probability in table tennis. The performance analysis was done by mathematical simulation using a Markov chain model. 259 high-level table tennis games were evaluated by means of a new simulation approach using numerical derivation to remove the necessity to perform a second modeling step in order to determine the difficulty of tactical behaviors. Based on the derivation, several mathematical constructs like directional derivations and the gradient are examined for application in table tennis. Results reveal errors and long rallies as the most influencing game situations, together with the positive effect of risky play on the winning probability of losing players.

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