Generating statistical information in anonymous surveys

Kazue Sako*

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In anonymous survey, statistical information by attributes of respondents -such as his gender, age or address- plays an important role in the interpretation of data. However, giving away all his attributes may cause privacy problem. That is, gathering many attributes may help identifying specifically who responded to the anonymous survey. In this paper, we propose a protocol executed among several 'entities in charge' in order to compute statistical information for surveys. The advantage of adopting this protocol is that it does not release extra information of attributes on calculating statistical results. We can show that this protocol is a secure computation in the sense of Micali-Rogaway if played by semi-honest entities. We furthurly give a protocol with zero-knowledge proofs to ensure that the entities are indeed semi-honest.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-512
Number of pages6
JournalIEICE Transactions on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1996
Externally publishedYes


  • Privacy anonymity survey statistic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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