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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
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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.

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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.

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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)

Country
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
MOSCITO
BBO Username
Hrothgar
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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Multi 2D/Mini-Multi 2D and the new ACBL convention charts
Honestly, the more that I hear about the club games, the less I care about them... If the actual mind game is to survive in North America, it will be sustained by the Internet. I don't know what the clubs are doing, but it sounds more like Old Maid ...
Multi 2D/Mini-Multi 2D and the new ACBL convention charts
The real problem is that you have a bunch of bad players who want to live the illusion that they are actually good at the game and playing against "talent" crushes their illusions.
Multi 2D/Mini-Multi 2D and the new ACBL convention charts
In reality, the weak version is much harder to defend against, especially Non Vulnerable. Opposite a weak only 2 opener responder has all sorts of bidding options that make constructing a defense much harder. For example, responder can simply pass 2 with a really weak hand because 2 ...
Do What Is Possible, Not What Is Easy
Couple quick comments 1. There's an awful lot of games that have been able to deal with the changing demographic trends much more successfully than bridge. Mind games like Magic the Gathering and various types of board games are doing quite well. Take a look at Goomhaven sales if ...
Clarification regarding suggested defenses in ACBL events
We're closing in on two weeks without any kind of reply or even an acknowledgement that rulings had received the original question.
Hawaii NABC Childcare CANCELLED
Randy, How many colossal $^)#$%^ ups has the ACBL been involved in in the last few years? 1. Loosing 1.8 million dollars on ACBLScore 2. Loosing 500K of the Honolulu nationals (Whipple's current estimate) 3. Loosing lord knows how much on Memphis 4. Hiring / firing a new CEO 5 ...
Gender Variance and Conditions of Contest
> Being in legal code doesn't make something right or justified. I agree completely. However, the only thing that you seem offering seems to be a combination of "I don't like the way the world works" and "Why does everyone think I'm a bigot?"
Gender Variance and Conditions of Contest
>> Discrimination is not per se wrong, >> only unjustifiable discrimination. > These are not my words. This is orwellian. I rest the case. Thomas, you might not like reality, however, discrimination is enshrined in our legal code. Simplest possible example: If you are convicted of child abuse, the law mandates realtors discriminate ...
Computer Bridge: Inferences from the Play to a Trick
> Bridge has a resource (the dummy) that is visible > to all players but used only by one (its partner). > The other two players lack such a resource. > If no other game has an analogous resource, then > this might well be a significant difference between > bridge and other games. Might be ...
Computer Bridge: Inferences from the Play to a Trick
> But I'm not sure why a bridge robot that combines AI > with directed guidance couldn't be even stronger. The AI that recently beat up the best Go player in the world plays all sorts of moves that no human had ever dreamed up. I just don't see ...
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