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Richard Willey
Richard Willey
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Member Since
Jan. 21, 2011
Last Seen
2 hours ago
Member Type
Bridge Player
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

Bridge Information

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.
Favorite Conventions
BBO Username
ACBL Ranking
Life Master
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How to apply BBO FD-style conv card?
I think that FD ran into trouble for three reasons: 1. As you point out, creating an FD card was too difficult. I advocated for building in a system by which the convention card could "learn" bids over time. In an ideal world, the system could converge relatively quickly on ...
“Virtually Every Expert Pair Plays [Insert Convention or Treatment Here]...”
Chris: You might do better by focusing on treatments that are played by experts but not by the hoi polloi
How to apply BBO FD-style conv card?
BBO discontinued support for Full Disclosure in the latest version, claiming that it was a failed experiment. (I am quite peeved, especially since I was the one who badgered Fred into putting it in in the first place)
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
Perhaps, but there's has been the dominant view of the theory of the firm for 40+ years. When you are using standard vocabulary like "capitalism" you don't get to ignore inconvenient little details like how things actually work in the real world.
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
> Capitalism, an economic system, is not necessarily > incompatible with putting people first. I suspect that Friedman would disagree His followers, certainly
No system bid? Times have changed?
Dan's auction is quite reasonable, although there is something to be said for a more prosaic 1N - 6N
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
Don, I've seen you write about the ACBL management on numerous occasions... Rather than asking this set of questions to Liz, why not post your own opinion FWIW, I think that the answers to this are 1. No 2. No 3. No 4. Yes 5. Yes 6. No Simply ...
Should ACBL staff be furloughed?
Liz: Its been obvious for years, if not decades, that the ACBL needs a demographic model that it can use to project membership numbers (both in terms of absolute numbers as well as years of playing experience) The ACBL has been loathe to do so because they prefer shoving their ...
BBO: A Query
I agree that it sounds like you were playing a team match. If you go into the history tab, it will tell you what type of match that you were playing in
BBO Dealer scripts
I'm pretty sure that Uday is still at BBO (I think that he's CEO now)

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