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Unformatted text preview: Anonymizing Bipartite Graph Data using Safe Groupings Graham Cormode, Divesh Srivastava AT&T Labs–Research, Florham Park, NJ { graham,divesh } @research.att.com Ting Yu, Qing Zhang * North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC { tyu,qzhang4 } @ncsu.edu ABSTRACT Private data often comes in the form of associations between entities, such as customers and products bought from a pharmacy, which are naturally represented in the form of a large, sparse bipartite graph. As with tabular data, it is desirable to be able to publish anonymized versions of such data, to allow others to perform ad hoc analysis of aggregate graph properties. However, existing tabular anonymization techniques do not give useful or meaningful results when applied to graphs: small changes or masking of the edge structure can radically change aggregate graph properties. We introduce a new family of anonymizations, for bipartite graph data, called ( k, ` )-groupings. These groupings preserve the underlying graph structure perfectly, and instead anonymize the mapping from entities to nodes of the graph. We identify a class of “safe” ( k, ` )-groupings that have provable guarantees to resist a variety of attacks, and show how to find such safe groupings. We perform experiments on real bipartite graph data to study the utility of the anonymized version, and the impact of publishing alternate groupings of the same graph data. Our experiments demonstrate that ( k, ` )-groupings offer strong tradeoffs between privacy and utility. 1. INTRODUCTION Private data often arises in the form of associations between en- tities. An example is the products bought by customers at a phar- macy. The set of products being sold and their properties is public knowledge, and it may be no secret which customers visit a par- ticular pharmacy. However, the association between a particular individual and a particular medication is often considered sensi- tive, since it is indicative of a disease or health issue that they have. A large example of association data is the Netflix prize data set, released in 2006, which was anonymized based on an unspecified heuristic method [2]. Another example is that of authors and pa- pers: for a conference such as SIGMOD, reviewers learn infor- mation about submitted papers (title, area, abstract), and could (in future) also see detailed information about authors who have sub- mitted papers, in order to verify conflicts of interest. But, since SIGMOD is a double-blind conference, the association between au- thors and papers should not be revealed to reviewers. The most natural way to model such data is as a graph structure: nodes represent entities, and edges indicate an association between * Yu and Zhang were partially sponsored by the NSF through grants IIS- 0430166 and CNS-0747247....
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