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AdminAug 1, 2020< 1 min read

Seven Ways to Evaluate the Utility of Synthetic Data

The article published by IEEE Security & Privacy magazine emphasizes the crucial role of individual-level health data in dealing with issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The article suggests addressing privacy concerns in data sharing through data synthesis. Examples include the US Census and Public Health England's cancer registry. The article details seven ways to assess the utility of synthetic data, including: conducting analyses on real data and replicating results on synthetic datasets; subjective evaluations by domain experts; employing generic metrics and comparing results with public aggregate data. The article focuses on utility assessment approaches rather than privacy assessment.