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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

5.8 Quantum randomness

In this chapter, we’ve seen that there are many ways of writing different kinds of numbers. For integers, we have decimal, binary, and hexadecimal. For floating-point, there are digits with a decimal point and scientific notation. For complex numbers, we use Python’s j-syntax.

Qubits also have their special representation. Mathematically, we write the quantum state of a qubit as

a |0⟩ + b |1⟩

where a and b are complex numbers, and the sum of the squares of their absolute values is 1:

|a|2 + |b|2 = 1 .

An expression enclosed in the “vertical bar–greater than” symbol pair is called a ket. For example, you might see |φ⟩ in a text or an article. We pronounce this “ket-phi.” |0⟩ is ket-0 and |1⟩ is ket-1.

For computation, qubits don’t exist as independent, free-floating...