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Differentially Private Approximate Quantiles

Haim Kaplan · Shachar Schnapp · Uri Stemmer

Hall E #904

Keywords: [ SA: Privacy-preserving Statistics and Machine Learning ]

Abstract: In this work we study the problem of differentially private (DP) quantiles, in which given dataset $X$ and quantiles $q_1, ..., q_m \in [0,1]$, we want to output $m$ quantile estimations which are as close as possible to the true quantiles and preserve DP. We describe a simple recursive DP algorithm, which we call Approximate Quantiles (AQ), for this task. We give a worst case upper bound on its error, and show that its error is much lower than of previous implementations on several different datasets. Furthermore, it gets this low error while running time two orders of magnitude faster that the best previous implementation.

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