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A Privacy Preserving Algorithm to Release Sparse High-dimensional Histograms

dc.contributor.advisor Steorts, Rebecca C
dc.contributor.author Li, Bai
dc.date.accessioned 2017-08-16T18:26:07Z
dc.date.available 2019-05-23T08:17:11Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/15252
dc.description.abstract <p>Differential privacy (DP) aims to design methods and algorithms that satisfy rigorous notions of privacy while simultaneously providing utility with valid statistical inference. More recently, an emphasis has been placed on combining notions of statistical utility with algorithmic approaches to address privacy risk in the presence of big data---with differential privacy emerging as a rigorous notion of risk. While DP provides strong guarantees for privacy, there are often tradeoffs regarding data utility and computational scalability. In this paper, we introduce a categorical data synthesizer that releases high-dimensional sparse histograms, illustrating its ability to overcome current limitations with data synthesizers in the current literature. Specifically, we combine a differential privacy algorithm---the stability based algorithm--- along with feature hashing, with allows for dimension reduction in terms of the histograms and Gibbs sampling. As a result, our proposed algorithm is differentially private, offers similar or better statistical utility and is scalable to large databases. In addition, we give an analytical result for the error caused by the stability based algorithm, which allows us to control the loss of utility. Finally, we study the behavior of our algorithm on both simulated and real data.</p>
dc.subject Statistics
dc.subject Computer science
dc.subject differential privacy
dc.subject methodology
dc.title A Privacy Preserving Algorithm to Release Sparse High-dimensional Histograms
dc.type Master's thesis
dc.department Statistical Science
duke.embargo.months 21


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