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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

6.6 Default argument values

You use a keyword argument when you call a function. You give default argument values when you define a function.

Here is a function that prints a string. By default, it displays the string as-is. However, you can pass a second argument that tells the function to put the characters in uppercase.

def display_string(the_string, put_in_uppercase=False):
    if put_in_uppercase:

display_string("This is the default behavior")
This is the default behavior
display_string("This overrides the default behavior", True)

You can have the second argument be the same as the default, and you can give it as a keyword argument.

display_string("This is not uppercased", put_in_uppercase=False)
This is not uppercased

Parameters with default values must follow...