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Questions tagged [quantum-computing]

Quantum computation and computational issues related to quantum mechanics

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Are NQP and QMA comparable?

Both definitions try to create a quantum analog for NP. NQP's definition comes from non-deterministic algorithms: it contains languages for which a Quantum Algorithm accepts with non-zero probability ...
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Why is finding the ground state of a Hamiltonian in QMA?

Why is finding the ground stte of a Hamiltonian in QMA? It's in QMA to figure out if a hamiltonian has any energy eigenvalue within a certain window range which is at least inverse polynomial in size....
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Why is Shor's algorithm in $BPP^{BQNC}$ when needing to uncompute subprocedure call?

Why is Shor's algorithm in $BPP^{BQNC}$? It's true the quantum Fourier transform is in $BPP^{BQNC}$, but the algorithm needs to call a number theoretic function f which has period p which is a factor ...
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Determining if a function is constant or not using period finding

Consider an arbitrary boolean function $$f: {\lbrace 0,1 \rbrace}^n \rightarrow \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace$$ which we write as: $$f(x_1, x_2 ... x_n) $$ where each $x_i$ is a boolean variable We note ...
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Computing the period of a function using a quantum computer

Consider a blackbox function $$f(x): Z \rightarrow \lbrace 0,1 \rbrace $$ Which inputs an integer and outputs 0 or 1 with bit complexity n. If the period P of this function satisfies $$P \in O(2^{...
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Period of a Multivariable Function using Quantum Computing

consider a function $$f(x_1,x_2...x_n)$$ I am told it is possible to compute the period of the function as a vector $$<l_1,l_2...l_n>$$ where each l denotes the period of the function for ...
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Differences between Quantum Computing and Parallelism [closed]

What are the differences between Quantum Computing and Parallelism? thanks in advance
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What is the underlying physical principle behind quantum fault tolerance in quantum computation?

What is the underlying physical principle behind quantum fault tolerance in quantum computation? I am trying to follow the mathematical steps behind quantum fault tolerance, and while I can just ...
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Environment-assisted quantum transport computation

The paper below and the news story based on it describe a new form of computation based on what they call environment-assisted quantum transport (ENAQT). ENAQT involves a combination of quantum and ...
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Is the sub-bit model of quantum computation equivalent to other models? [closed]

In a comment to this question Peter Shor asked me for a reference about the third described in the question point of view, namely, that quantum computers can be described as computers that can ...
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Techniques for lower bounding spectral gaps in the quantum adiabatic algorithm

In the quantum adiabatic algorithm, one prepares the ground state of a Hamiltonian $H_{i}$, and then evolves the Hamiltonian slowly over time to a target Hamiltonian $H_{f}$ via the interpolation $H(s)...
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Quantum algorithm of graphs: How to create superposition of paths?

Let us allow path to have same vertexes in it. (defining) So suppose we have a graph of $N$ vertexes and we want to separate it into some superposition of paths that have $N$ vertexes (so if the ...
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Simulation of every physical quantum system on quantum computer

Let me quote from the section 9.3 of Classical and Quantum Computation by Kitaev, Shen and Vyalyi. With high confidence, we may claim that every physical quantum system can be efficiently ...
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From CHSH inequality to CHSH game

I have been going through Certifiable quantum dice: or, true random number generation secure against quantum adversaries by Umesh Vazirani and Thomas Vidick. They have used entangled particles as ...
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Is bounded-error probabilistic computation sensitive to transition types?

In the unbounded-error case, it is known that both realtime quantum and probabilistic finite automata can recognize some uncomputable languages if they are allowed to use arbitrary real numbers in ...
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Impacts of quantum computing on Theoretical Computer Science [closed]

Using quantum computers we can do calculations very fast. However from a layman's view, I want to know the impact of quantum computers have on Theoretical computer science.
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Is there a geometrical picture for adiabatic quantum computation?

In adiabatic quantum computation (AQC), one encodes the solution to an optimization problem in the ground state of a [problem] Hamiltonian $H_p$. To get to this ground state, you start in an easily ...
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Confusion with the proof of constraints for a particular adiabatic quantum evolution

[This might be related to one of my previous unanswered questions.] This proof belongs to the paper, How to Make the Quantum Adiabatic Algorithm Fail by Edward Farhi, Jeffrey Goldstone, Sam Gutmann ...
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Questions about Farhi's pre-Adiabatic paper

I have been going through Eddie Farhi's 6-pages long pre-Adiabatic paper, An Analog Analogue of a Digital Quantum Computation. I guess I understand most of the math and physics but I am struggling ...
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Local Hamiltonian and combinatorial search problems

I was going through the PhD thesis of Daniel Nagaj. At the beginning of chapter two he indicated a relation between the local Hamiltonian perspective of adiabatic quantum computation and combination ...
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Implication of Bell test loopholes on Vazirani-Vidick random sequence generation scheme

I am trying to imagine what would be the implications of the loopholes on Bell test on the random sequence generation scheme proposed by Vazirani and Vidick (VV protocol) in the paper titled '...
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Difficulty in understanding the quantum algorithm for the abelian hidden subgroup problem

I've difficulty in understanding the last steps of the AHSP algorithm. Let $G$ be an abelian group and $f$ be the function which hides the subgroup $H$. Let $G^*$ represent the dual group of $G$. ...
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Is there any task where classical computers outperform quantum computers?

Everybody knows that there are whole classes of problems which quantum computers are able to solve much faster (i.e. with fewer instructions) than classical computers. Is there any problem for which ...
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Sampling satisfiable 3-SAT formulas

Consider the following computational task: We want to sample a 3-SAT formula of $n$ variables (a variant: $n$ variables $m$ clauses) with respect to the uniform probability distribution, conditioned ...
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Relationship between size of quantum superposition and rate of decoherence

I am new here in StackExchange and this will be my first question to ask. I have a background in Computer Science and I am interested in looking into Distributed Quantum Computing (DQC). I have read ...
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The computational complexity of spectral norm of a matrix

How hard is computing the spectral norm of a matrix? This paper says, ... it suffices to say that, except for few particular cases, the Matrix Norm problem is NP-hard. I expected that the ...
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Ising spin vs Pauli spin matrices [closed]

Are Ising spins scalar or operators? I am not a condensed matter physicist hence having some confusion. I have learnt about Ising models from adiabatic quantum algorithm papers. For example this ...
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Quantum annealing vs adiabatic quantum computation

I had this impression that quantum annealing is an optimization technique which may or may not produce exact solutions. On the other hand adiabatic quantum computation always gives exact solutions ...
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Is the D-Wave architecture a close implementation of quantum interactive proof?

A very high level architecture is, as mentioned here, shown in this picture. The component on the left is classical while the one on the right is the D-Wave box. I understand that in QIP, Arthur is ...
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Why spectral norms are used for computing the complexity of adiabatic Hamiltonian?

In the context of adiabatic quantum computation the spectral norm was first used in the first adiabatic paper by Farhi et. al. when he demonstrated the relation of it to the conventional quantum ...
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The complexity of sampling (approximately) the Fourier transform of a Boolean function

One thing that quantum computers can do (possibly even with just BPP + log-depth quantum circuits) is to approximate-sample the Fourier transform of a Boolean $\pm 1$-valued function in P. Here and ...
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Runtime of Grover's algorithm

What is the time complexity (not query complexity) of Grover's algorithm? It seems clear to me that it is $\Omega(\log(N) \sqrt{N})$ since there are $\Omega(\sqrt{N})$ iterations and each iteration ...
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Is adiabatic quantum computing as powerful as the circuit model?

Much of the quantum computing literature focuses on the circuit model. Adiabatic quantum computing is not based on applying a sequence of unitary operators, but on changing a time-dependent ...
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Is there a quantum NC algorithm for computing GCD?

From the comments on one of my questions on MathOverflow I get the feeling that the question regarding GCD being in $\mathsf{NC}$ vs. $\mathsf{P}$ is akin to the question regarding Integer ...
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1st & 2nd quantization from TCS

Last year I attended Scott Aaronson's talk Hawking Quantum Wares at the Classical Complexity Bazaar. Being intrigued by his argument that "[e]ven if quantum mechanics hadn't existed, theoretical ...
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Quantum oracle implementation overhead

I am a physicist getting acquainted with one of the typical constructs for formulation and analysis of quantum algorithms (such as search problems or query complexity models), namely the "oracle ...
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Finding all solutions by Grover search(not superposition)

When there are multiple marked elements, grover search provides only superposition of them. If I want to find all the marked elements, not superposition, I could try this: 1) Do Grover search, get ...
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Is there a candidate for a post-quantum one-way group action?

Is there a known family of group actions with a designated element in the set that is being acted on, where it is known how to efficiently $\:$ sample (essentially uniformly) from the groups, ...
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Will quantum computing pave the way for native, true RNGs?

Obviously, regular computers can't generate random numbers on their own, since they're inherently systematic machines. Would quantum computing be able to run a true RNG without a seed based off user ...
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Consequences of $BQP \subseteq P/poly$?

While Adleman's theorem shows, that $\mathsf{BPP} \subseteq \mathsf{P}/\text{poly}$, I'm not aware of any literature investigating the possible inclusion of $\mathsf{BQP} \subseteq \mathsf{P}/\text{...
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Things that imply BQP Derandomization

I am aware that it is generally believed that P = BPP, but BQP != P (since factoring is in BQP, and factoring seems hard.) For BPP, we have the hardness vs randomness result: which states that ...
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Quantum oracle for non-negative vector

I was wondering if anyone knew on whether it is possible to construct a quantum oracle that was able to detect whether a given state vector was "non-negative"? Essentially I have a classical problem ...
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Bounded depth probability distributions

Two related questions about bounded depth computing: 1) Suppose that you start with n bits, and to start with bit i can be 0 or 1 with some probability p(i), independently. (If it makes the problem ...
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On optimality of Grover algorithm with high success probability

It is well-known that bounded error quantum query complexity of the function $OR(x_1,x_2,\ldots, x_n)$ is $\Theta(\sqrt{n})$. Now the question is what if we want our quantum algorithm to succeed for ...
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Major advance for measurement based quantum computing?

http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.3405 The Measurement Based Quantum Computing Search Algorithm is Faster than Grover's Algorithm If this recent paper is true, it seems like a major advance for ...
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Is quantum annealing faster than simulated annealing/genetic/other state-of-the-art optimization algorithms?

There's the idea of quantum annealing being used to solve optimization problems in terms of a QUBO problem for D-Wave's quantum algorithm. I understand that the advantage of quantum annealing as ...
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Using MATLAB's CVX Package for Semidefinite Programming in Quantum Information

I'm attempting to formulate the semidefinite programs used in the paper "Hedging Bets with Correlated Quantum Strategies" (specifically those on page 7) into CVX so that I can play around with the ...
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Are provable quantum speed-ups possible for classes larger than NP?

In the oracle query model quantum computers can provably achieve a quadratic speed-up over any classical randomized computer [Grover, BBBV]. Are similar speed-ups provably possible for higher levels ...
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A Notion of Monotone Quantum Circuits

In computational complexity there is an important distinction between monotone and general computations and a famous theorem by Razborov asserts that 3-SAT and even MATCHING are not polynomial in the ...
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One-way quantum verification

The theory of cluster-state computation is well-established by now, showing that any BQP circuit can be modified so it uses only single qubit quantum gates, possibly classically controlled, provided ...