PIMS Lecture: Statistical Estimation with Differential Privacy

Gautam Kamath, Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo will be giving a lecture on "Statistical Estimation with Differential Privacy" on Thursday, August 25th at 3:30 in the BWC A104. Reception to follow at 4:30.

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Naively implemented, statistical procedures are prone to leaking information about their training data, which can be problematic if the data is sensitive. Differential privacy, a rigorous notion of data privacy, offers a principled framework to dealing with these issues. I will survey recent results in differential private statistical estimation, presenting a few vignettes which highlight novel challenges for even the most fundamental problems, and suggesting solutions to address them. Along the way, I’ll mention connections to tools and techniques in a number of fields, including information theory and robust statistics.