Predictive Analytics of Winter Sports Processes Using Probabilistic Finite Automata

  • Patrick DelfmannEmail author


“The work of an information scientist includes three kinds of tasks: the first one is structuring, the second one is structuring, and the third one is structuring” (Becker, Jörg, often). This wise statement that we have learned from Jörg Becker tells us that we can solve nearly any problem related to information systems through transforming it into a structured form—be it a conceptual model, a formula or an algorithm. Another maxim that we share with Jörg Becker is that it is very important to go skiing—both for leisure and for academia. It is obvious that we should bring both maxims together. Structuring skiing? How does that work? Well, we can do this by discovering the structure of ski resorts (first structuring), learn about the structure of typical routes of skiers (second “structuring”) and by providing structured statements on the future movement behaviour of skiers (third “structuring”). But why should we do this? In this article, we show you why, how it works and how we can benefit from it.


Predictive process analytics Ski resorts Capacity planning Probabilistic finite automata 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Koblenz-LandauKoblenzGermany

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