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Michael Clark
Michael Clark
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Sept. 1, 2015
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about me

Website developer at the EBU. I used to be a fairly serious player and had a couple of successes, but I don't play very much any more.


@mzxclark on Twitter. Also follow @poorbridge if you want old-but-still-funny horoscopes.

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What should the selectors do?
A positive person would have added that England finished fourth in 2015...
Simulation: Richard Pavlicek
MR: Show me a simulation that you think has value, that is truly edifying, and MAYBE I'll look at it and either pick it apart or agree with it. No promises. This is not that simulation, but hopefully will be interesting anyway. I find it useful to think about ...
"Playing Up" - An open letter to Jay Whipple
If I restrict the data to just people who have played in EBU events in the last few years, then the correlation actually gets stronger. Master points are an even better indicator of skill for that population. But I never said that you should use them to bracket players - the ...
"Playing Up" - An open letter to Jay Whipple
The graph doesn't include players who made either their masterpoints or their NGS private, but I can tell you it wouldn't have made any noticeable difference. The two populations seem to be pretty similar.
"Playing Up" - An open letter to Jay Whipple
Master points aren't a great indicator, but to say they bear no relation to ability is going a bit far. There's actually a reasonable correlation between lifetime total and NGS grade. I even made a graph of it:
Proving honesty of tournament organization has a feature where you can generate a random number and have that number recorded against your account so that other people can verify it. Assuming they trust, which seems reasonable, players would know that the organiser hasn't generated multiple random numbers until they got ...
EBL Mixed Team Championships
Venue (noun) [i]the place where something happens, especially an organised event such as a concert, conference, or sports competition.[/i] Happy to help.
Things Bridge Winners could change?
A simple thing which might be useful is to be able to subscribe to, or selectively mute, individual comment threads. Sometimes you're only really interested in one side discussion and don't want to get notified for every single comment.
ACBL Big Ideas - Augmenting Rank/Point Structure
I was wondering about correlation between master points and ability too, and then I realised I could actually answer that question by looking at EBU NGS data. You can see the graph here: The correlation coefficient is 0.51, which is not super-strong but ...
Who Will Win the English Open Trials?
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