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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
an hour ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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 with 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)

United States of America

Bridge Information

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.
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
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New Performance Metric for the ACBL
FWIW, the various reports for the Spring Nationals are now available online. The CEO's report notes that tournament participation dropped by 6% compared to the same time last year. I didn't see any kind of additional data that could be used to discern whether this was a fluke ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
I would simply have asked the director how the match awards were being calculated and then insisted that convention regulations be interpreted in a consistent fashion.
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
> Weak, random, preempts are meant to be destructive, > and often when the other side has the preponderance > of points they have to guess what the opponents have > and what actions to take. The only aesthetics that matter at bridge are those of the scoring table. I don't much care ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
For the record, when here's how I would define "appropriate experimentation" 1. Strong Pass is legal 2. Players can use any bid the want for their Fert 3. There is some set of limits with respect to the weak opening bids (maybe they need to be natural, or perhaps ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
How would your little tale of woe be any different if said bottom occurred because you were playing 4 card majors? Or a weak NT? The fundamental problem is a set of leaders who think that they have the right to a top board if only the damn opponents did ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
> When proper defenses are well established, the > "advantage" of inferior methods vanishes like a > wisp of vapor in the night, and they are proven to > be theoretically inferior when the dawn lights All hail Gary's tautology! Now all you hav to do is demonstrate that existing methods are "superior ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
Methinks that conflating "Human have departed from a state of grace" with "We should restrict what systems people can play" is about as useless a proposal as I have yet seen.
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
Ray, in my experience, the only reason that you participate in these conversations is to snark about other people's contributions, so, please excuse me for not wasting my time trying to educate you about survey methodology.
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL
Comment the first: I think that membership surveys on this sort of thing is idiotic Comment the second: Like you, I agree that - at the club level - the best option is to devolve authority down to individual clubs to do whatever they damn well please Comment the third: With all ...
Wrong view on multi 2d by ACBL

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