Accurate estimation of structural equation models with remote partitioned data

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This paper focuses on a privacy paradigm centered around providing access to researchers to remotely carry out analyses on sensitive data stored behind firewalls. We develop and demonstrate a method for accurate estimation of structural equation models (SEMs) for arbitrarily partitioned data. We show that under a certain set of assumptions our method for estimation across these partitions achieves identical results as estimation with the full data. We consider two situations: (i) a standard setting with a trusted central server and (ii) a round-robin setting in which none of the parties are fully trusted, and extend them in two specific ways. First, we formulate our methods specifically for SEMs, which have become increasingly common models in psychology, human development, and the behavioral sciences. Secondly, our methods work for horizontal, vertical, and complex partitions without needing different routines. In application, this method will serve to increase opportunities for research by allowing SEM estimation without transfer or combination of data. We demonstrate our methods with both simulated and real data examples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPrivacy in Statistical Databases - UNESCO Chair in Data Privacy International Conference, PSD 2016, Proceedings
EditorsJosep Domingo-Ferrer, Mirjana Pejić-Bach
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages20
ISBN (Print)9783319453804
StatePublished - 2016
EventInternational Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases, PSD 2016 - Dubrovnik, Croatia
Duration: Sep 14 2016Sep 16 2016

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume9867 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


OtherInternational Conference on Privacy in Statistical Databases, PSD 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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