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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
3 hours 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 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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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
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No system bid? Times have changed?
Dan's auction is quite reasonable, although there is something to be said for a more prosaic 1N - 6N
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
Don, I've seen you write about the ACBL management on numerous occasions... Rather than asking this set of questions to Liz, why not post your own opinion FWIW, I think that the answers to this are 1. No 2. No 3. No 4. Yes 5. Yes 6. No Simply ...
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
Liz: Its been obvious for years, if not decades, that the ACBL needs a demographic model that it can use to project membership numbers (both in terms of absolute numbers as well as years of playing experience) The ACBL has been loathe to do so because they prefer shoving their ...
BBO: A Query
I agree that it sounds like you were playing a team match. If you go into the history tab, it will tell you what type of match that you were playing in
BBO Dealer scripts
I'm pretty sure that Uday is still at BBO (I think that he's CEO now)
Faulty BBO
My impression is that most of the performance issues involve the use of robots. Whenever I was running into issues with disconnects and the the like, it involved playing in some kind of robot tournament, and even this seems to have gotten a much better over the last week or ...
Faulty BBO
> More computing power for more clients is nowadays so easy to achieve. Yeah, but the issue here is with the servers > Since people had to spend more and more time at home, > I've told myself that the severe problems of the daily > tournaments in BBO (freezing, not accepting to ...
BBO Dealer scripts
I was able to use the MOSCITO script on BBO a couple years back without any problem This included defining modules like the two_diamonds code in the example that I provided and using "condition". I seem to recall that some functions like altcount and cccc might have been deprecated.
BBO Dealer scripts
Try the following Burn = shape(south, any xxxx) and not (spades(south) == hearts(south)) condition Burn action print(south)
BBO Dealer scripts
FWIW, here's a Dealer script that I created a few years back for simulating openings for the MOSCITO variant I was playing Might provide some useful examples. For example, you can tweak the strength required for an opening bid based on shape. ######### Definition - Opening Points # 11 is the index ...

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