Publications [#325378] of Jerome P. Reiter
- Chen, Y; Machanavajjhala, A; Reiter, JP; Barrientos, AF. "Differentially private regression diagnostics." January, 2017: 81-90. [doi]
(last updated on 2019/03/18)
© 2016 IEEE. Linear and logistic regression are popular statistical techniques for analyzing multi-variate data. Typically, analysts do not simply posit a particular form of the regression model, estimate its parameters, and use the results for inference orprediction. Instead, they first use a variety of diagnostic techniques to assess how well the model fits the relationships in the data and how well it can be expected to predict outcomes for out-of-sample records, revising the model as necessary to improve fit and predictive power. In this article, we develop ϵ-differentially private diagnostics for regression, beginning to fill a gap in privacy-preserving data analysis. Specifically, we create differentially private versions of residual plots for linear regression and of receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves for logistic regression. The former helps determine whether or not the data satisfy the assumptions underlying the linear regression model, and the latter is used to assess the predictive power of the logistic regression model. These diagnostics improve the usefulness of algorithms for computing differentially private regression output, which alone does not allow analysts to assess the quality of the posited model. Our empirical studies show that these algorithms are adequate for diagnosing the fit and predictive power of regression models on representative datasets when the size of the dataset times the privacy parameter (ϵ) is at least 1000.