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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

A.1 The operating system command line

At several points in this book, I ask you to enter and execute a statement from “the operating system command line.” For example, in section 10.1.3, I ask you to run pytest from the command line.

The way to get a command line varies by the operating system you are using:

  • For Microsoft Windows, open Windows PowerShell or Windows Command Prompt from the Start menu or by typing “PowerShell” or “Prompt” in the search box.
  • For Apple macOS, start the Terminal application from Launchpad or the Application/Utilities folder.
  • For Linux, if you are in a graphical environment, try typing Ctrl-Alt-T to open the terminal. Otherwise, look for a “Terminal” application in the system menus. If you are not in a graphical environment, you are in a terminal!

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