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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Jan. 21, 2011
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about me

My academic background is as a mathematical economist, focusing on game theory and mechanism design. I have a Masters in Economics from Indiana University and dual Masters in Management and Engineering from MIT.


For the last 20 years I have pretty much lived at the intersection of TCP/IP networking and mathematical modeling. I spent my first 10 years out of school working for various networking companies. For the last 10 years I have split my time between the MathWorks where I was the manager for MATLAB's statistics system and Akamai Technologies. I currently work as a Principal Data Scientist on the Adversarial Resilience team at Akamai, focusing on event detection, capacity planning, and Transport Layer Security.


I don't have many real achievements in the world of bridge, though I am fairly well know on BBO (and earlier on OKB). Bridgewise, I am probably most proud of my MOSCITO notes (which I really need to finish one of these days)

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Favorite Bridge Memory
Making 2HX vulnerable in a 3-3 fit after psyching during a "Montreal Relay" sequence and getting an aggressive raise from partner.
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2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
I can not emphasize the following enough NEVER EVER install software that gives a random third party control over your computer. I don't care if they claim its for tech support purposes. I don't care if you believe that this is some reputable company. You have no idea ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
Quick question: Is the "camera name" the way in which people find this specific camera out on the internet? If so, it seems like a really bad idea to use a (relatively) well known value the ACBL player ID number as the identifier that people are going to use to ...
What card play concepts/conventions/treatments missing from the 2011 Encyclopedia of Bridge would you like to see included in the next edition?
My recollection is that it costs the ACBL enormous amounts of money to produce new editions of the Encyclopedia and that it sells relatively few copies. Based on a bunch of the discussions around the production of the last edition, I don't expect the ACBL to produce another one ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
Statististics is statistics It doesn't really matter if a statistician is performing calculations by hand or running a script in R. Python or MATLAB, the basic relationships around sample sizes, confidence bounds, and the like do not change. I can readily believe that a expert human might be willing ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
FWIW, I approve of the fact that the ACBL is planning to inspect the play of individual boards to look for suspicious behavior. With this said and done, I am somewhat concerned that the tournament will not generate enough data for these types of techniques to prove effective. As I ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that we should necessarily update the rating itself on a board by board basis. (I'm not sure that this would matter much in terms of the calculating the overall rating) Rather, I am asking whether it WOULD be possible to use ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
As I think about it, it MIGHT be possible to use the Power Ratings to generate something like this. Suppose that you're running a standard tournament. Treat each round of the tournament as if it were a separate and distinct tournament. Predict what the Scores should be for each ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Masterpoints are not a rating system. Benchmarking Power Ratings versus Masterpoints isn't particularly useful in understanding the accuracy of the Power Rating System itself. In an ideal world, what I would hope to see from a rating system is something like the following: If the following 30 pairs play ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Wha you are describing is a set of inputs to an algorithm What makes an algorithm useful is whether or not it is able to use those inputs to create something that is valuable. For example, if you are able to create ratings and then use those ratings to make ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
> If the players used tablets, we would > have a complete record of the bidding > and play that we could show on a > delayed Vugraph without operators, > a perfect record for those writing > about a major event, and data to > analyze when allegations of wrongdoing > were made. Welcome to the dark ...

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