On the Sample Complexity of Privately Learning Axis-Aligned RectanglesDownload PDF

21 May 2021, 20:44 (edited 23 Jan 2022)NeurIPS 2021 PosterReaders: Everyone
  • Keywords: differential privacy, statistical learning, axis-aligned rectangles
  • TL;DR: We present a novel algorithm attaining a dimensionality optimal dependency, while avoiding the logarithmic dependence on the domain-size.
  • Abstract: We revisit the fundamental problem of learning Axis-Aligned-Rectangles over a finite grid $X^d\subseteq\mathbb{R}^d$ with differential privacy. Existing results show that the sample complexity of this problem is at most $\min\left\{ d{\cdot}\log|X| \;,\; d^{1.5}{\cdot}\left(\log^*|X| \right)^{1.5}\right\}$. That is, existing constructions either require sample complexity that grows linearly with $\log|X|$, or else it grows super linearly with the dimension $d$. We present a novel algorithm that reduces the sample complexity to only $\tilde{O}\left\{d{\cdot}\left(\log^*|X|\right)^{1.5}\right\}$, attaining a dimensionality optimal dependency without requiring the sample complexity to grow with $\log|X|$. The technique used in order to attain this improvement involves the deletion of "exposed" data-points on the go, in a fashion designed to avoid the cost of the adaptive composition theorems. The core of this technique may be of individual interest, introducing a new method for constructing statistically-efficient private algorithms.
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