Levi Self, Software Developer in Nashville, TN, United States
Levi Self

Software Developer in Nashville, TN, United States

Member since June 23, 2019
Levi has nearly a decade of experience in applied data science in a variety of industries with a concentration in the insurance industry. He's passionate about solving challenging problems that others find difficult or impossible. He's comfortable working independently and collaborating on teams. He is most at home in small startups with experience in enterprise as well.
Levi is now available for hire




Nashville, TN, United States



Preferred Environment

NoSQL, Jupyter, Git, R, Python, MacOS, PC, Linux

The most amazing...

...thing I've built was a vehicle clustering algorithm using Voronoi diagrams that made a big impact and is now widely used in the auto insurance industry.


  • Senior Data Scientist/Technical Lead

    2017 - PRESENT
    The Hartford
    • Acted as the technical lead for a software tool that allows internal customers in product and pricing to understand the retention and elasticity impacts of pricing decisions.
    • Served as the product owner for the development team working on this tool, prioritizing and assigning tasks in an Agile framework.
    • Drove development process maturation including model monitoring, continuous integration, bug tracking, refactoring, unit and integration testing frameworks, documentation, technical debt reductions, etc.
    Technologies: Oracle, Agile, Rally, GitHub, Jupyter, Pandas, Spark, RStudio, RStudio Shiny, Python, R
  • Advanced Analytics Manager

    2016 - 2017
    Direct General Insurance
    • Headed up a data science initiative serving product and actuarial.
    • Created a new GLM pricing model that saved our suffering Georgia product.
    • Built other models including marketing attribution, call volume forecasting, and elasticity.
    Technologies: ArcGIS, Python, Microsoft Excel, Emblem, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Microsoft SQL Server
  • Senior Pricing Analyst

    2011 - 2016
    Direct General Insurance
    • Conducted auto insurance pricing revisions and set reserves each quarter.
    • Created a rich data cube enabling our business to find insights much more rapidly.
    • Used geospatial expertise to fundamentally alter channel attribution.
    Technologies: ArcGIS, Python, Microsoft Excel, Emblem, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS), Microsoft SQL Server


  • Structure From Motion Model of my Car

    As part of my many experiments in computer vision, I made this SfM model of my beloved Subaru by taking many snapshots all around. Beware, the link takes a minute to load and you need to zoom out to see what this looks like. I think it's worth it though!

  • Silver Medalist @ International Computer Games Olympiad 2009

    Long before AlphaGo, I programmed a game engine to play Kriegspiel against other bots at the ICGA. At the time, I was serving as a volunteer in Africa - living in a mud hut without electricity. I won second place and even defeated the institutionally sponsored Beijing Institute of Technology team. I thrive in environments with limited resources and have ample experience punching above my weight!


  • Languages

    Python, SQL, R, HTML, JavaScript, Emblem, CSS
  • Frameworks

    RStudio Shiny, Spark
  • Libraries/APIs

    Pandas, Scikit-learn, NumPy, OpenCV, TensorFlow, Keras, Matplotlib, ArcGIS, D3.js
  • Tools

    GIS, Jupyter, Plotly, Git, GitHub, Rally, Microsoft Excel
  • Paradigms

    Agile Software Development, Agile
  • Platforms

    Android, Blockchain, Ethereum, Google Cloud Platform (GCP), RStudio, Azure, Linux, PC, MacOS, Oracle, Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Storage

    Database Architecture, NoSQL, MongoDB, Microsoft SQL Server, SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • Industry Expertise

  • Other

    Web Development, Generalized Linear Model (GLM), Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Actuarial, Bitcoin, Crypto, Mapping, Web Scraping, Computer Vision, Deep Learning, Automated Trading Software, Infura, Deep Reinforcement Learning


  • Master's degree in Computer Science/Machine Learning
    2016 - 2019
    Georgia Institute of Technology - Georgia
  • Bachelor's degree in Mathematics
    2003 - 2007
    University of Texas at San Antonio - Texas


  • Amateur Radio Extra Class License
    MARCH 2011 - MARCH 2021

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