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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 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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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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2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
It feels as if the debate around the details of how much revenue that the ABCL may of may not collect and how this might differ from income is detracting from the real question which would seem to be how does the cost structure for the online bridge championship differ ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
> math is wrong If fully subscribed, the first round has 256 teams. At $200 per team per match, this would appear to be $51,200 in revenue. In the second round, you collect another $25,600 The round after that gets you $12,800 At this point in time, you ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
I recommend looking at some of the scores some senior party officials scored in the past. There were some well know accusations against the Manoppo brothers years back
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
> So you could only look at it on > statistical basis, not good at > predict individual game. Agreed However, it should be possible to generate predictions for a whole bunch of games and see how accurate this is on average and what the standard deviation might be
How do you get to Slam?
High level comment: Many people would open your partner's hand 1. The reason that I mention this is that going off and searching for slams with hands like yours opposite more typical weak two opening bids will often cause more hard than good. If you are playing a ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
> Which country's software should you trust. As few as possible I live in the US. I can't avoid most of the games that the US government is playing. This doesn't mean that exposing myself to the Chinese as well is a good idea.
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
Because the two issues are separate and distinct. You are recommending that people install cameras that will be sitting behind behind people's backs and watching their screens. I noted that - in this past - folks have been able to compromise these cameras. (Typically to use them in various types of ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
While I very much agree that the US government (and many US companies) have played some nasty little games with various commercial software and hardware projects, what we're seeing right now with applications like Tik Tok is unprecedented. I vacation in China quite often. The only devices that I ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
> Is that something to do with parking enforcement? There are a number of folks out there who provide DDOS as a service. (They often hide behind the claim that they are providing stress testing) These services are commonly used to knock other players offline during competitive online games. They are ...
2020 North American Online Bridge Championships
My understanding is that Zoom is not blocked in China. People who are living in China and Hong Kong can join Zoom meetings being hosted outside the country. I would be extremely reticent to install any kind of software that is being developed / promoted inside of China. I recommend that ...

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