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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
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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A better rating system
@marty First: Some, but certainly not all ACBL Online games use robots. As I mentioned earlier, you could in theory develop three different models 1. Robot games only 2. Human games only 3. Both game types combined I find type 2 most interesting Second: The Common Game match points across ...
A better rating system
I've never really taken a close look at The Common Game If they provide scores on a per board basis I don't why it couldn't be used, however, I do have some concerns that you have a large number of separate pools of players and that it ...
A better rating system
> Masterpoints was a brilliant invention back in > the day and while it is far from perfect in assessing > a players true ability, nothing proposed comes close. I think that your claim is ridiculous. 1. Masterpoints accumulate over time. Player's skill levels top out and eventually decline 2. Masterpoint allocations ...
A better rating system
I am suggesting that we objectively measure Power ratings, the EBU National Grading System, whatever and then be able to make an informed decision about which of these systems is worth building upon. Why don't I trust any of the existing systems? Well, the big reason is that none ...
A better rating system
Couple quick thoughts here 1. I think that some folks on this thread are gravely mistaken about the degree to which working on a ratings system would preempt other work. It's not as if the folks that you'd want doing the heavy lifting here are the same ones ...
Please attribute the quote
Hmmm I have absolutely no idea, but I am going to guess that it is someone talking about Susan Rice.
A better rating system
If you developed a system that could be used for F2F play, it would be trivial to extend this to online play. (The hard parts with all of this are the issues surrounding inertia, politics, and data collection/cleaning). Arguably, one might want to have a separate rating for F2F ...
A better rating system
@marty I agree that bridge results are inherently noisy. (A year or so ago I posted an analysis that applied a bootstrap to the results from a recent championship which shows the degree of variance in these results). Where I think that we disagree is whether this excuses using methods ...
A better rating system
I've seen all sorts of comments / complaints about the way that seeding is currently done... It happens all the time. I have also heard that that the same set of pros are unwilling to invest in the basic type of record keeping that would e necessary to implement such ...
A better rating system
I return to my original comment in this thread: Folks need to decide what the purpose of a rating system is. 1. If you want a rating system that is supposed to be an accurate measure of performance, then you need some way to evaluate its accuracy. And it seems ...

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