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- Deal 3.1
- The latest version of my Tcl-based dealer which allows
programmatic analysis of bridge hands. The
GIB web site says that
Deal is "the most powerful dealing program we've seen."
- The Impossible Bridge Book
- I have a book with every possible bridge deal in it. Just
give me the page numbers, and I will give you the deals. Says
someone in Germany,
zwischen Genie und BlÃÆÃÂ¶dsinn...
which translates as,
somewhere between genius and rubbish.
XML Formatting Notes
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- All of the articles in Bridge Stories and Deals
are generated from XML via XSL and CSS. These test documents are my
method of making sure I haven't broken anything in my XML scripts.
The test documents include sample input and output.
XML and Bridge Publishing
- More examples of bridge with XML/XSL. This page discusses the
advantages of XML and gives some examples which can be formatted by Internet
Explorer or Mozilla, the only browsers with good XSL support.
Dealing and Software Articles
In Shuffling Cards, 7 is Winning Number
A New York Times article about the seven-shuffle result. Essentially,this
result says that seven shuffles yield good randomness, while fewer
shuffles do not, and more shuffles do not significantly increase randomness.
If you have some mathematical knowledge, you can read a proof of the result.
ACBL Article on Computer Deals
An ACBL response to frequent fears that computer deals are not 'true' or
are somehow rigged, it gives a reasonable layman's description of why
the perception is there, and why that perception is inaccurate.
- Disorder in the Deck
- Another article on computer dealt hands, from Science News.
Deja Vu at the 1995 CNTC Final
- Fred Gitelman reports a case where computer dealing clearly was flawed.
[This page doesn't look good with Mozilla because Fred is using applets to
- The oldest, and, last time I checked, best, online bridge service.
I used to be a member, with name thomaso, but I let my membership drop.
- The best-playing computer bridge program. It uses a variation
on my evaluation techniques during bidding, and its double-dummy solver
is callable from my dealing software, Deal 3.1.