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From: Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro gps
Date: Mon, 5 Feb 2001 08:28:52 -0500
Subject: US Census: can individual information be mined from it ?

I have received a question from a Wall Street Journal about data-swapping and other masking techniques used by the Census Bureau.

Is it possible to perform commercially useful re-identification of Census Data (see www.census.gov)
I don't know what US Census uses, but I believe there are good randomization techniques that would not allow individual identification.

If you know more about US Census data swapping, please reply to editor, and I will summarize in next KDnuggets News, and you may see your answer printed in Wall Street Journal).


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