Levi C. Nicklas

Levi C. Nicklas

Data Scientist

About

Hi! I’m Levi, a graduate student at Florida Polytechnic University (Lakeland, FL) studying for my M.S. in computer science. I focus on data science, and my particular interests lie in topics related to data & text mining. I am currently a teaching and research assistant, where I help with data science classes and research related to data mining. I studied mathematics for my undergraduate degree; my favorite classes were combinatorics, numerical analysis, and mathematical modeling. When I decided to pivot into data science, began to pursue a graduate degree in computer science where I could more completely round out my skills. I primarily write in R, but I am familiar with Python, MATlab, and I am currently teaching myself C++. My strengths lie in data visualization, statistics, data/text mining, and functional programming.

I am also an avid NBA fan 🏀, home chef 🍴, and theme park enthusiast 🎢.

Interests

  • Data & Text Mining
  • Machine Learning
  • Statistics
  • R Programming

Education

  • MS in Computer Science (3.88), 2019-2021

    Florida Polytechnic University

  • BSc in Applied Mathematics (2.74), 2015-2019

    Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Data Scientist

Department of Defense

Sep 2020 – Present Greater DC-Baltimore Metro
 
 
 
 
 

Data Scientist

Red Meters

Oct 2019 – Apr 2020 Orlando, FL

Responsibilities include:

  • Data Collection Methods
  • Machine Learning Model Generation
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Data Visualization
 
 
 
 
 

Graduate Assistant

Florida Polytechnic University

Aug 2019 – Present Lakeland, FL
Serve as teaching and research assistant. Help in undergraduate data science courses by generating class materials, holding review sessions, and aiding in class. Produce research under the supervision of a professor leading a small research group. Research focuses on data and text mining, particularly of social networks. In May-July 2020, I was selected to work as a research assistant on a grant funded research project for the Advanced Mobility Institute of Florida Polytechnic University.
 
 
 
 
 

Jr. Research Analyst

Fortress Information Security

Jun 2019 – Oct 2016 Orlando, FL

Responsibilities include:

  • Write Technical Reports
  • Data Collection
  • Automate Tasks
  • Assess Vendor Security
 
 
 
 
 

Industrial Engineering/Logistics Analytics Intern

Volvo Construction Equipment

Jan 2016 – Sep 2019 Shippensburg, PA

Responsibilities include:

  • Kaizen Activities
  • Data Analysis
  • Documentation
  • Project Management

Blog Posts

TidyTuesday - Animal Crossing

Intro Hi! Tidy Tuesday Time! This week’s data is data on Animal Crossing! The data contains some user and critic reviews, which is what I will be examining today. It also contains infor about in game items and in game characters.

Penguins

Photo Credit: @GreenpeaceUK on Medium Why? This dataset in the package, {palmerpenguins}, is a great alternative to popular introductory data science datasets. One of the most popular datasets, isis, is beening phased out by the data science community due to the dataset’s author being a eugenicist.

Projects

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TidyTuesday - Animal Crossing

Intro Hi! Tidy Tuesday Time! This week’s data is data on Animal Crossing! The data contains some user and critic reviews, which is what I will be examining today. It also contains infor about in game items and in game characters.

A Framework for Intelligent Navigation Using Latent Dirichlet Allocation on Reddit Posts About Opiates

Published work in ACM ICCDA Conference Proceedings. Presented in San Jose, CA. Paper published 04/2020.