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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

For whom did I write this book?

I believe this book will be useful and engaging if one or more of these descriptions apply to you:

  • You are learning to code as part of a class or course.
  • Through self-study, you want to learn to think like someone who writes software.
  • You want to understand and use the fundamentals of modern Python programming.
  • You recognize that quantum computing will be one of the most important technologies of this century, and you want to learn the basics of how to code for it.
  • You think that solving a problem through software means you use all the tools available to you, and you want to employ both classical and the newer quantum coding techniques.

Assumed reader prerequisites

I do not expect you to have any experience in coding or using Python. Some of the discussion and implementation in Chapter 11, Searching for the Quantum Improvement, presumes comfort with some mathematics, but nothing that isn’t typically covered before a calculus course. This includes algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and logarithms.

This book does not cover the detailed mathematics and theory of quantum computing. For that, I direct you to my book Dancing with Qubits if you wish to learn more. [DWQ]