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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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“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
1. This is more a question about Bots in general. However, I was think of a standard MP tournament format. 2. The bots are playing out a complete hand. The "effectiveness" of a lead is reflected in the MP score that is realized. The bots that are cheating ARE playing ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
I have a simple suggestion: Rather spinning our wheels repeating the same complaints that Nic isn't releasing his algorithm, why don't we try something a bit more constructive... Can all the folks who are pontificating come up with a methodology that we can use to validate his system ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
> Nics analysis will provoke lawsuits when taken to > the expected conclusion. I don’t want that to happen. Maybe, maybe not... But that's something for Nic and the layers to work out > Nor do I want organizations to adopt this without serious V&V discipline. What does "adopt" mean ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
> Data tools used in regulated businesses are serious and not quaint Perhaps, but I think that your mistake is assuming that many businesses or groups within businesses are regulated... I have a bunch of friends who are biostatisticians for pharma companies. Their work is highly scrutinized I have other friends ...
AARP Could Be Used to Promote Bridge
I think that it is a mighty slender reed on which to make claims that insurance companies can realize significant cost savings. I suspect that there are benefits to playing bridge, just as there are benefits to walking / cooking / reading / travel / what have you. (Note that your own claims are ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
As a rule, I am not a big fan of security through obscurity. As Adam mentions, the folks who design cryptographic algorithms have very much moved to a model in which these are publicly disclosed and critiqued (largely because its very very easy to make seemingly insignificant mistakes that completely ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
How quaint... Seriously, the processes that you are suggestion are much more heavy weight that what actually gets used in the real world. One can argue whether this is good or bad, however when it comes to data analysis what you are describing is the exception not the rule. FWIW ...
“Detecting Cheating in Bridge” by Nic Hammond. Preliminary thoughts
1. There is an enormous difference between software design methodologies that are used for formal software release and what happens with Exploratory Data Analysis. Suggesting that folks use the former for the later is laughable. 2. Its very hard to predict what might happen wrt to legal challenges, however, I ...
Open Las Vegas Discussion Thread
During the BoG meeting on Sunday there folks made multiple references to a set of recommendations that some outside group had made regarding the ACBL's strategic directions. Few quick questions 1. Who comprised this group? 2. Were they hired or did they work for free? 3. If they were ...
AARP Could Be Used to Promote Bridge
> Perhaps ACBL should conduct their own study on the > incidence of dementia among serious bridge players. 1. No one in their right mind pays attention to studies funded by groups with a stake in the outcome. Yes, there are examples in which pharma companies and device manufacturers fund medical trials ...

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