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A method for data shuffling to preserve data confidentiality is provided. The method comprises masking of particular attributes of a dataset which are to be preserved in confidentiality, followed by a shuffling step comprising sorting the transformed dataset and a transformed confidential attribute in accordance with the same rank order criteria. For normally distributed datasets, transformation may be achieved by general additive data perturbation, followed by generating a normalized perturbed value of the confidential attribute using a conditional distribution of the confidential and non-confidential attribute. In another aspect, a software program for accomplishing the method of the present invention is provided. The method of the invention provides greater security and utility for the data, and increases user comfort by allowing use of the actual data without identifying the origin.
University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY (US)
Muralidhar, Krishnamurty and Sarathy, Rathindra, "Data Shuffling Procedure for Masking Data" (2007). Management Faculty Patents. 1.