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Towards Prevention of Sportsmen Burnout: Formal Analysis of Sub-Optimal Tournament Scheduling

Syed Rameez Naqvi1, Adnan Ahmad1, S. M. Riazul Islam2,*, Tallha Akram1, M. Abdullah-Al-Wadud3, Atif Alamri4

1 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, COMSATS University Islamabad, Wah Campus, Wah, 47040, Pakistan
2 Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Sejong University, Seoul, 05006, Korea
3 Department of Software Engineering, College of Computer and Information Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, 11543, Saudi Arabia
4 Research Chair of Pervasive and Mobile Computing, King Saud University, Riyadh, 11543, Saudi Arabia

* Corresponding Author: S. M. Riazul Islam. Email: email

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Recent Advances in Deep Learning, Information Fusion, and Features Selection for Video Surveillance Application)

Computers, Materials & Continua 2022, 70(1), 1509-1526.


Scheduling a sports tournament is a complex optimization problem, which requires a large number of hard constraints to satisfy. Despite the availability of several such constraints in the literature, there remains a gap since most of the new sports events pose their own unique set of requirements, and demand novel constraints. Specifically talking of the strictly time bound events, ensuring fairness between the different teams in terms of their rest days, traveling, and the number of successive games they play, becomes a difficult task to resolve, and demands attention. In this work, we present a similar situation with a recently played sports event, where a suboptimal schedule favored some of the sides more than the others. We introduce various competitive parameters to draw a fairness comparison between the sides and propose a weighting criterion to point out the sides that enjoyed this schedule more than the others. Furthermore, we use root mean squared error between an ideal schedule and the actual ones for each side to determine unfairness in the distribution of rest days across their entire schedules. The latter is crucial, since successively playing a large number of games may lead to sportsmen burnout, which must be prevented.


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S. Rameez Naqvi, A. Ahmad, S. M. Riazul Islam, T. Akram, M. Abdullah-Al-Wadud et al., "Towards prevention of sportsmen burnout: formal analysis of sub-optimal tournament scheduling," Computers, Materials & Continua, vol. 70, no.1, pp. 1509–1526, 2022.

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