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Dancing with Python

By : Robert S. Sutor
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Dancing with Python

By: Robert S. Sutor

Overview of this book

Dancing with Python helps you learn Python and quantum computing in a practical way. It will help you explore how to work with numbers, strings, collections, iterators, and files. The book goes beyond functions and classes and teaches you to use Python and Qiskit to create gates and circuits for classical and quantum computing. Learn how quantum extends traditional techniques using the Grover Search Algorithm and the code that implements it. Dive into some advanced and widely used applications of Python and revisit strings with more sophisticated tools, such as regular expressions and basic natural language processing (NLP). The final chapters introduce you to data analysis, visualizations, and supervised and unsupervised machine learning. By the end of the book, you will be proficient in programming the latest and most powerful quantum computers, the Pythonic way.
Table of Contents (29 chapters)
Part I: Getting to Know Python
PART II: Algorithms and Circuits
PART III: Advanced Features and Libraries
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Appendix C: The Complete UniPoly Class
Appendix D: The Complete Guitar Class Hierarchy
Appendix F: Production Notes

5.4 Rational numbers

A rational number is a fraction. You learned about fractions early in your mathematical education. We use Fraction from the fractions module to create them.

from fractions import Fraction

Fraction(6, 5)
Fraction(6, 5)
f = Fraction(20, 30)
Fraction(2, 3)

Python stores a fraction in the lowest terms, which means the numerator and denominator have no common prime factors. Another way to say this is that the numerator and denominator have a greatest common divisor equal to 1.

import math

math.gcd(f.numerator, f.denominator)

Look carefully at the last expression and note that I wrote f.numerator instead of f.numerator(). Instead of calling numerator as a method, I asked for the “numerator property” of the fraction. A property is an intrinsic part or characteristic of an object...