Question 15

I have read with interest your book, I Fought the Law of Total Tricks. I have found your approach quite interesting, stimulating and a good addition to bridge bidding theory.
In your book you do not rigorously define what comprises a short suit. In your 2 short suit case it is implied that the third shortest suit, which is usually a 3 card suit, takes on a value of zero while a value of 3 if the shortest or next shortest suit. In the 3 short suit case you rigorously define what a short suit is (void, singleton or doubleton) and you describe this as a special case.
To clarify this in my and my wife's mind I have generalized your approach where a short suit is now rigorously defined and where there is now no distinction between the methodology in handling the two and three short suit case. Also my approach emphasizes that each of the three non-trump suits have a distinct short suit value and that your SST is the sum of those three distinct values.
I still have difficulty with quantifying WP in hand evaluation. I hope that in due course you will provide more guidance in this area. Good luck in this work and I look forward to seeing any advances in this technique.

Sincerely,
John Doolittle