Frederick Eberhardt

mailing address:
MC 101-40

Pasadena, CA 91125

fde [at] caltech [dot] edu
phone: (+1) 626 395 4163
office: Dabney 201B


I am Professor of Philosophy in the at the . Before coming to Caltech I was Assistant Professor in the and the at . In 2011 I took a two year research leave to work on causal discovery methods at with a grant from the . Before going to St. Louis I was a McDonnell postdoc at the at the . I completed my Ph.D. in the at .


My research interests lie at the formal end of philosophy of science, the machine learning end of statistics and computer science, and the learning and modeling end of psychology and cognitive science. My work has focused primarily on methods for causal discovery from statistical data, the use of experiments in causal discovery, the integration of causal inferences from different data sets and the philosophical issues at the foundations of causality and probability. I have done some work on computational models in cognitive science and some historical work on the philosophy of Hans Reichenbach, especially his frequentist interpretation of probability.


Ph.D., , 2007.

M.S., Carnegie Mellon University, Center for Automated Learning and Discovery (now ), , 2005.

B.Sc. (Philosophy & Mathematics), , 2002.

Picture: arches and tile work in one of the mosques in the Registan in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 2009