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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)

United States of America

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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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Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Just to be clear, I'm not suggesting that we should necessarily update the rating itself on a board by board basis. (I'm not sure that this would matter much in terms of the calculating the overall rating) Rather, I am asking whether it WOULD be possible to use ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
As I think about it, it MIGHT be possible to use the Power Ratings to generate something like this. Suppose that you're running a standard tournament. Treat each round of the tournament as if it were a separate and distinct tournament. Predict what the Scores should be for each ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Masterpoints are not a rating system. Benchmarking Power Ratings versus Masterpoints isn't particularly useful in understanding the accuracy of the Power Rating System itself. In an ideal world, what I would hope to see from a rating system is something like the following: If the following 30 pairs play ...
Online Bridge Power ratings exclude morning games
Wha you are describing is a set of inputs to an algorithm What makes an algorithm useful is whether or not it is able to use those inputs to create something that is valuable. For example, if you are able to create ratings and then use those ratings to make ...
The Kibs Are Not Alright
> If the players used tablets, we would > have a complete record of the bidding > and play that we could show on a > delayed Vugraph without operators, > a perfect record for those writing > about a major event, and data to > analyze when allegations of wrongdoing > were made. Welcome to the dark ...
Master as a racist term
FWIW, as I mentioned earlier, I am actually pretty indifferent about whether the expression "master" should be retired within the context of bridge. I think that this is actually an area where the ABA might profitably lead. If I were in charge of the ACBL and someone tossed this issue ...
Master as a racist term
My partner's sister lives in Portland. I have visited many times. And while I agree that there are lots of progressives living in Portland, this doesn't mean that there aren't lots of racists. (In much the same way, the fact that Boston is incredibly liberal, doesn't ...
Master as a racist term
>> can you think of a reason why Oregon >> has few black people other than them >> not choosing to live there? > If I were Black, this would > definitely be a place where > I would expect to be welcome. Did the Oregon school system stop teaching about the Black Exclusion Laws? The ...
Master as a racist term
There is an enormous difference between Fire (without which modern civilization does not exist) and knifes (which are very useful). And the expression "master" (which is far from necessary) Your example is completely ridiculous. I don't actually have a strong opinion one way or another about retiring the expression ...
Master as a racist term
The issue is not whether or not the expression is accurate, but rather whether or not it causes other people pain. If there are other expressions that are equally valid and do not cause these sorts of problems I don't see any good reason not to change.

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