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Differentially Private Community Detection for Stochastic Block Models
Mohamed Mohamed · Dung Nguyen · Anil Vullikanti · Ravi Tandon

Wed Jul 20 11:35 AM -- 11:40 AM (PDT) @ Room 307
The goal of community detection over graphs is to recover underlying labels/attributes of users (e.g., political affiliation) given the connectivity between users (represented by adjacency matrix of a graph). There has been significant recent progress on understanding the fundamental limits of community detection when the graph is generated from a stochastic block model (SBM). Specifically, sharp information theoretic limits and efficient algorithms have been obtained for SBMs as a function of $p$ and $q$, which represent the intra-community and inter-community connection probabilities. In this paper, we study the community detection problem while preserving the privacy of the individual connections (edges) between the nodes. Focusing on the notion of $(\epsilon, \delta)$-edge differential privacy (DP), we seek to understand the fundamental tradeoffs between $(p, q)$, DP budget $(\epsilon, \delta)$, and computational efficiency for exact recovery of the community labels. To this end, we present and analyze the associated information-theoretic tradeoffs for three broad classes of differentially private community recovery mechanisms: a) stability based mechanism; b) sampling based mechanisms and c) graph perturbation mechanisms. Our main findings are that stability and sampling based mechanisms lead to a superior tradeoff between $(p,q)$ and the privacy budget $(\epsilon, \delta)$; however this comes at the expense of higher computational complexity. On the other hand, graph perturbation mechanisms, albeit low complexity, require the privacy budget $\epsilon$ to scale as $\Omega(\log(n))$ for exact recovery. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first work to study the impact of privacy constraints on the fundamental limits for community detection.

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Mohamed Mohamed (Princeton University)
Dung Nguyen (University of Virginia)
Anil Vullikanti (Biocomplexity Institute and Dept of Computer Science, University of Virginia)
Ravi Tandon (University of Arizona)

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