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Canonical Noise Distributions and Private Hypothesis Tests
Jordan Awan · Salil Vadhan
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In the setting of $f$-DP, we propose the concept \emph{canonical noise distribution} (CND) which captures whether an additive privacy mechanism is tailored for a given $f$, and give a construction of a CND for an arbitrary tradeoff function $f$. We show that private hypothesis tests are intimately related to CNDs, allowing for the release of private $p$-values at no additional privacy cost as well as the construction of uniformly most powerful (UMP) tests for binary data. We apply our techniques to difference of proportions testing.

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Jordan Awan (Penn State University)
Salil Vadhan (Harvard University)

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