NTTS conference video: A disclosure rules language for deciding publishability of frequency tables

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We recently presented a paper on Cantabular’s disclosure rules language at Eurostat’s conference on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics.

The 10 minute presentation covered our innovative new coding language that helps statisticians automate decisions about table publication and was part of a session on input and output privacy in official statistics.

A shorter three minute version is shown below:

Disclosure rules language paper


When publishing population characteristic frequency tables for small geographic areas, such as in a census, it is usual that some cross-tabulations would be disclosive in some areas but not in others. Areas with higher diversity in person characteristics lead to more tables being non-disclosive. We describe a new computer language for codifying rules that decide whether an output table is disclosive for each geographic area. The publication rules are written in this language by the statistical disclosure control professionals and input into a flexible dissemination software system. The rules can thus be unknown to the programmers of the software system.

The full paper and a longer 10 minute video are available on the NTTS event website.

We’d like to thank Aleksandra Bujnowska from Eurostat for chairing the event.

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