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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 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)

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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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BW Censorship
I think that the release of Nic's book has the potential to be enormously interesting. If he is generating the types of results that he is claiming and publicly identifying the players / pairs in question this could be much more significant that the work that Boye did a while ...
The Godfather of Bridge
>By switching to that type of format, all social aspects, > including table feel, go out the proverbial window. Yes This is precisely the point. Because those social aspects and that "table feel" is what enables all sorts of illegal side channels. From my perspective, for top level play, the benefits ...
The Godfather of Bridge
Comment the first: An electronic playing environment offers orders of magnitude better protection against the bribery type scenario that you propose. The WBF is already using a protocol to demonstrate that the seed number than is used for hand generation has not been selected in such a way as to ...
The Godfather of Bridge
My impression is that notions such as the statute of limitations involve formal processes such as rulings from a court of law or an administrative body. Most of the discussion here involve the court of public opinion which operates very differently.
The Godfather of Bridge
> Yes, I am aware of each player participating in a different > room, which to me, will be exactly like a hopeful roadshow, > but not making it out of Peoria. I'm fine with a world in which folks decide that cheating is a problem and take practical steps to make ...
The Burgay Tape
Is there a title?
Alerting ... how much information is too much information?
I'd be interested in knowing just what the ruling was because, in my experience, the guidance from Horn Lake is often rather original...
Time for Bold New Leadership
> On BBO yes live no Are you sure about this? I'm on BBO right now and don't see any 8 Board ACBL listed. Nor do I see them at described at The instant tournaments appear to be 12 boards as well
Time for Bold New Leadership
> You fee structure leaves out 8 board games. > Can we offer 8 board games with same master > point awards online uses? Are there any ACBL sanctioned games that only have 8 boards?
Time for Bold New Leadership
> So if I have a 1/2 table at bridge l still pay as a > full table what's the difference? In your case, the difference amounts to at most 50 cents per game which feels like a rounding error. For the online vendor, the difference applis per table and ...

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