Theoretical issues related to the quantum treatment of information

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Why is it impossible to work with polylog length encoding schemes for quantum circuits?

I am going through Quantum Computational Complexity by John Watrous. On page $12$, he said: The encoding disallows compression: it is not possible to work with encoding schemes that allow for ...
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Addition on a quantum computer

From reading https://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0008033v1.pdf 3n qubits are required to add two n bit numbers. For a simple arithmetic operation such as a+b+c+d where ...
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How to represent quantum multiplication

Say I have a 4 core processor and I wish to multiply 2 matrices of dimensions 2x2 A = 1 2 3 4 B = 1 2 3 4 Each member of the resultant computation can ...
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When is a non-unitary quantum system only theoretical?

Suppose we construct a non-unitary quantum system α in hilbert space. It entails that this system would have no direct parallel in quantum circuitry as it is a requirement that all quantum gates ...
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How are new probabilities computed when simulating measurement on a set of qubits?

Suppose I have a set of 3 qubits and I have the probabilities for their distribution. This could be arbitrarily entangled or pure: |000> -> a |001> -> b |010> -> c |011> -> d |100> -> e |101> -> f |...
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How to interpret these adiabatic evolutions?

I was trying to study the adiabatic Hamiltonian defined in the paper (arXiv:1207.1712) titled 'Solving the Graph Isomorphism Problem with a Quantum Annealer'. My case is the cycle graph $C_n$ when $n$...
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What are the general classes of measured systems

Imagine there is a class of system such that a measurement can be performed on an exemplar of this class, each measurement producing 1 bit of information. There are no limitation on how many times the ...
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States and Probability distributions that the 5-qubits IBM computer can produce

IBM has recently built a 5-qubits quantum computers based on superconducting qubits. It is even possible to make experiments over the cloud. The space of pure states for 5 qubits is the unit sphere ...
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Can a measurement commuting with the stabilizer of a state disturb the state?

In Nielsen and Chuang's "Quantum Computation and Quantum Information", Section 10.5.3, the authors claim the following: With a system in state $|\psi\rangle$ with stabilizer $g_1,...,g_n$, if a ...
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theorems for universal set of quantum gates for SU(d)

It seems that there is a theorem that for prime dimension d, the set of Clifford gates and one non-Clifford gate together forms a universal set of quantum gates for SU(d). It also seems that for a ...
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Is it possible to MAC a quantum state with a classical key under reasonable assumption?

Assume that classical one-way functions secure against quantum adversaries exist. Is it possible, given a quantum state $Q$ and classical secret key $k$, produce a quantum state $AuthQ$ such that: ...
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Is it possible to encrypt quantum states under reasonable assumptions?

Is it possible to encrypt a quantum state, such that a $BQP$ attacker who does not know the secret key cannot obtain any information about the original state, but a $BQP$ decryptor with the key can ...
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Quantum Data Compression Schemes

Quantum Computation has given speedups in algorithms, and even though we do not know the exact relationship of $BQP$ to $NP$ -we have many algorithms in quantum computation that give speedup in ...
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Quantum GCD circuit: On reversibility and clearing ancillae

Originally posted on PHYS, however, obviously it has more to do with CS I am currently trying to implement a circuit for computing the greatest common divisor in the Quantum Computing Language. In my ...
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How the hardness of hidden subgroup problem in $S_n$ changes as the order of the subgroup grows?

In Normal Subgroup Reconstruction and Quantum Computation Using Group Representations by Hallgren et al. In this paper it is showed that no hidden subgroup algorithm can distinguish the trivial ...
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Measurements in non-Abelian hidden subgroup algorithms

More than one measurement take place in a non-Abelian hidden subgroup algorithm. In this question, I would like to verify whether my understandings about them are right. I am using Andrew Childs' ...
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Choice of basis for non-Abelian hidden subgroup problems

I am going through QUANTUM MECHANICAL ALGORITHMS FOR THE NONABELIAN HIDDEN SUBGROUP PROBLEM by Grigni et al. In section 1.1 it is said that, It is still possible that a clever choice of basis ...
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Is there any hidden subgroup of a symmetric group which can be efficiently determined?

There have been a number of cases where efficient hidden subgroup algorithms have been found for specific non-Abelian groups with very specific structures. Why haven't we found any efficient quantum ...
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Why hidden subgroup problem is easy for very large subgroup?

I am going through QUANTUM MECHANICAL ALGORITHMS FOR THE NONABELIAN HIDDEN SUBGROUP PROBLEM by Grigni et al. On page 2, it is said that solving the hidden subgroup problem becomes very easy when the ...
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Entropy inequality of joint von Neumann entropy given some marginal inequalities

Assume that I have a pure, multipartite state $\omega_{ABCD}$ and a unitary $U(\omega_{ABCD})=\tau_{ABCD}$. The effect of $U$ on $\omega$ results in $$ S(\omega_B)<S(\tau_B) $$ and $$ S(\omega_A)&...
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Question about discarding the second register in the standard approach of hidden subgroup algorithm

My questions: What does discarding the second register mean for the standard approach of hidden subgroup algorithm? Why does discarding let the first register end up in a mixed state? My ...
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Dimension of the Fourier transform for $S_5$ [closed]

My question: What is the dimension of the Fourier transform for $S_5$? My effort: The dimensions of the seven irreps of $S_5$ are $1,1,4,4,5,5,6$. According to the notes of Andrew Childs, the ...
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Fourier transformation of the automorphism group of a graph

Following is an example of permutation cycle graph $\Gamma$ for a given permutation $\pi = \left(1\text{ } 2\right) \left(3\text{ } 4\text{ } 5\text{ } 6\right)$. The adjacency matrix $A$ is given ...
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First register in the hidden subgroup representations of Simon's and graph isomorphism problems

The Simon's problem involves a function which takes binary strings as inputs. One seeks to find the period of the function which acts on those inputs. In the standard method, the first register has ...
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Generating “infinite” randomness from a constant number of sources

I recently came across a paper by Coudron and Yuen on randomness expansion using quantum devices. The main result of the work is that it is possible to generate "infinite" randomness from a constant ...
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Exponential acceleration of quantum metropolis sampling

In this paper (http://arxiv.org/abs/0911.3635), they propose a quantum MCMC algorithm. My question is whether they achieve exponential (or polynomial) acceleration compared with the classical ...
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Complexity of quantum shuffle transform

I define the shuffle permutation matrix by quoting from Hoyer first. Shuffle permutation matrix: The shuffle permutation matrix of dimension $mn \times mn$, denoted by $\Pi_{mn}$ as shorthand for ...
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Does simulating chiral gauge theories lie within BQP?

In theoretical physics, there is a branch of quantum field theory dealing with chiral gauge theories. It has been conjectured by Feynman [1] and others that all quantum field theories can be simulated ...
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How does one determine if a mixed bipartite quantum state is entangled or not?

My question is based on the structure of the NP-hardness proof in section 6 (page 17) of this paper, http://arxiv.org/pdf/quant-ph/0303055v1.pdf Mathematically one can think of being given a ...
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Shor's quantum error correction code with unknown basis

$\newcommand{\ket}[1]{\lvert #1 \rangle}$I've met a problem in quantum secret sharing which involves the use of a quantum error-correction code. (let's make it simple to be the 9-qubit Shor code) In ...
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Travelling sales man with Quantum Computers [closed]

I know that it takes billions of years to solve the travelling sales man when n = 25 (Number of cities). I am wondering how fast can a quantum computer solve the travelling sales man problem (for ...
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The utility of Renyi entropies?

Most of us are familiar with — or at least have heard of — the Shannon entropy of a random variable, $H(X) = -\mathbb{E} \bigl[ \log p(X)\bigr]$, and all the related information-theoretic ...
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Proofs to verify quantum states without revealing their description

Consider the following function $$f_s: k \rightarrow \lvert \psi_k \rangle$$ where $s,k$ are bit strings, and $\lvert \psi_k \rangle$ is a $n$-qubit state. Assume the function is a one-to-one mapping....
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Hardness of finding similar (quantum) states

Consider a quantum state $\lvert \psi \rangle$, we know from the no cloning theorem, that it cannot be perfectly cloned. Also, loosely speaking, that it can be imperfectly cloned s.t. one can produce ...
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How well can an arbitrary (unknown) quantum state be imperfectly cloned?

How well can an arbitrary unknown (quantum) state $\rvert \psi \rangle = \alpha\rvert 0 \rangle + \beta \rvert 1 \rangle$, be imperfectly/approximately cloned? Given an unknown state ${\rvert \psi \...
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Why do we need a sphere to graphically represent a qubit? [closed]

Bloch sphere is a common visualisation of possible qubit values, but I fail to understand why do we need a sphere to represent them. Assuming we want to represent the single qubit a|0> + b|1> ...
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The Arrow of Time in a Non-Physical Realm [closed]

Could there be a logically consistent theory supporting the transmission of non-physical information to a point in time previous to the time it was sent using a computer network (quantum theory, etc)? ...
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Why are sub-normalized states studied in quantum computation?

By basic postulates of QM, any state of a system is described by a normalised density operator. Now i fail to see why people study sub-normalized states ( e.g.: In generalised fidelity etc). I'd be ...
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What is the Quantum Cheshire Cat experiments' import to Quantum Computing?

What is the significance of the Quantum Cheshire Cat to Quantum Computing? To recap, the Quantum Cheshire Cat experiment proved it was possible to separate a neutrons' spin from the neutron. Or, in ...
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Factoring as a decision problem

I've seen in multiple places stating that factoring is in BQP and referencing Shor's algorithm, but Shor's algorithm is not solving a decision problem. How can factoring be restated in a decision ...
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Prerequisites for theoretical computer science [closed]

I am a freshman and a Computer Science major,I have a very poor understanding in the area of electrical and electronics.I want to pursue a career in theoretical computer science esp. Quantum ...
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Applications of HHL's algorithm for solving linear equations

In HHL's algorithm for solving a system of linear equations (HHL = Harrow, Hassidim and Lloyd) the output is a quantum state rather than explicit information. Has anyone been able to apply knowledge ...
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Explicit error bounds on the abelian hidden subgroup problem

What are some explicit forms for the error probability in the typical quantum abelian hidden subgroup algorithm as a function of oracles queries? Ettinger, Hoyer, and Knill give a result that the ...
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Quantum algorithms based on transforms other than Fourier transforms

In Quantum Computation and Quantum Information by Nielsen and Chuang they say that many of the algorithms based on quantum Fourier transforms rely on the Coset Invariance property of Fourier ...
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Oracular separations between poly- and log-depth quantum circuits

The following problem appears in Aaronson's list Ten Semi-Grand Challenges for Quantum Computing Theory. Is $\mathsf{BQP}=\mathsf{BPP}^{\mathsf{BQNC}}$ In other words, can the "quantum" part of ...
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Quantum Fourier Transform question regarding measurement

When we use the quantum fourier transform, for a function, the output is entangled, so if a measurement is made on the output, the result may not be that of the function that one wanted in the first ...
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How the errors of the measured quantities of an adiabatic Hamiltonian are inversely proportional to the square root of the number of measurements?

I am going through the paper, Solving the graph-isomorphism problem with a quantum annealer, by Hen et. al. In the last line of the second paragraph of the second column of page 2, it says, Since ...
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Are two-qubit unitaries necessary for universal quantum computation?

I was going through Fast Universal Quantum Computation with Railroad-switch Local Hamiltonians by Daniel Nagaj. In the first sentence of the fifth paragraph on the fourth page, he said, Two-qubit ...
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Any evidence that Linial, Shraibman lower bound on quantum communication complexity is not tight?

As far as I know, the factorization norm lower bound given by Linial and Shraibman is essentially the only lower bound known for quantum communication complexity (or at least it subsumes all others). ...
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Running Simon's algorithm on D-wave machine

I was wondering whether Simon's algorithm could be run on a D-wave machine. The Simon's algorithm is a promise problem. On the other hand the D-wave machine can run only quadratic unconstrained ...