Preserving Privacy in Association Rule Mining
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With the development and penetration of data mining within different fields and disciplines, security and privacy concerns have emerged. Data mining technology which reveals patterns in large databases could compromise the information that an individual or an organization regards as private. The aim of privacy-preserving data mining is to find the right balance between maximizing analysis results (that are useful for the common good) and keeping the inferences that disclose private information about organizations or individuals at a minimum. In this thesis we present a new classification for privacy preserving data mining problems, we propose a new heuristic algorithm called the QIBC algorithm that improves the privacy of sensitive knowledge (as itemsets) by blocking more inference channels. We demonstrate the efficiency of the algorithm, we propose two techniques (item count and increasing cardinality) based on item-restriction that hide sensitive itemsets (and we perform experiments to compare the two techniques), we propose an efficient protocol that allows parties to share data in a private way with no restrictions and without loss of accuracy (and we demonstrate the efficiency of the protocol), and we review the literature of software engineering related to the associationrule mining domain and we suggest a list of considerations to achieve better privacy on software.
Thesis (PhD Doctorate)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
School of Information and Communication Technology
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