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Proceedings of Machine Learning Research


In this paper, we study the problem of PAC learning halfspaces in the non-interactive local differential privacy model (NLDP). To breach the barrier of exponential sample complexity, previous results studied a relaxed setting where the server has access to some additional public but unlabeled data. We continue in this direction. Specifically, we consider the problem under the standard setting instead of the large margin setting studied before. Under different mild assumptions on the underlying data distribution, we propose two approaches that are based on the Massart noise model and self-supervised learning and show that it is possible to achieve sample complexities that are only linear in the dimension and polynomial in other terms for both private and public data, which significantly improve the previous results. Our methods could also be used for other private PAC learning problems.

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Differential privacy, Learning halfspaces, PAC learning


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