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Doctoral Dissertation Defense: John Zylstra

Advisors: Dr. Bimal Sinha and Dr. Martin Klein


Sherman Hall : 148C

Date & Time

April 27, 2018, 8:30 am10:30 am


Title: Generation and Analysis of Synthetic Data for Privacy Protection Under the Multivariate Linear Regression Model

In this dissertation, the author derives likelihood-based exact inference for multiply imputed synthetic data under the multiple (p>1) univariate linear regression model and for singly and multiply imputed data under the multivariate linear regression model. In the former, the synthetic data are generated under plug-in sampling, where unknown parameters in the model are set equal to observed values of point estimators. In the latter, synthetic data are also generated under posterior predictive sampling where they are drawn from a posterior predictive distribution. Simulations are presented to confirm the methodology performs as the theory predicts and to evaluate privacy protection. Robustness studies are also given. Finally, a new idea for privacy protection based on monotone coding is proposed and its performance is evaluated and compared with those of existing procedures.