# Questions tagged [entropy]

For questions about the various kinds of entropies --- as defined in the context of quantum information theory and quantum statistical mechanics.

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### Concavity of Conditional Quantum Entropy

Let's say I have a bipartite density operator $\gamma_{12} = (1 - \epsilon) \rho_{12} + \epsilon\sigma_{12}$, for $0 \le \epsilon \le 1$, i.e., a convex combination of $\rho_{12}$ and $\sigma_{12}$. I ...
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### How to understand intuitively the concavity of the binary entropy?

In Nielsen and Chuang's Quantum Computation and Quantum Information book, introducing the binary entropy, they gave an intuitive example about why binary entropy is concave: Alice has in her ...
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### How to prove that $\frac{| x_0 \rangle + | x_1 \rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$ hides one of $x_0$ or $x_1$?

I create a quantum state $| \psi \rangle = \frac{| x_0 \rangle + | x_1 \rangle}{\sqrt{2}}$ for a randomly chosen $x_0,x_1$ of 50 bits. I give this quantum state $|\psi \rangle$ to you and you return ...
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### Increasing entropy for projective LCPT mapping

Given a set of projectors $\{P_i\}$ acting on a space $\mathcal H_S$, let $\Phi$ be the LCPT map defined by $$\Phi(\rho)=\sum_i P_i\rho P_i.$$ The goal is to show that $S(\Phi(\rho))\ge S(\rho)$. The ...
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### Prove that for a cq-state $\rho_{XE}$, $H_\infty(X|E) \ge H_\infty(X) - \log|E|$

Given a classical-quantum(cq) state $\rho_{XE}$, where the $X$ register is classical, I want to prove the following: \begin{align} H_\infty(X|E) \ge H_\infty(X) - \log|E|,\tag{1} \end{align} i.e....
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### How can the entropy of quantum states increase after projective measurements?

I'm reading Nielsen and chuang 11.3.3 Measurements and Entropy. It says after measurement, one's entropy increases. How is this possible? Shouldn't measurement decrease one's uncertainty?
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### How to prove the positivity of the conditional quantum mutual information, $I(A;B|C)\ge0$?

I was reading Wilde's 'Quantum Information Theory' and saw the following theorem at chapter 11 $(11.7.2)$: $$I(A; B | C) \ge 0,$$ where, $$I(A;B|C) := H(A|C) + H(B | C) - H(AB|C).$$ I know that ...
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### Why does the entanglement entropy give the number of singlets required to create a given state?

I've read that, given a bipartite pure state $|\Phi\rangle$, its entanglement (equivalently here, von Neumann) entropy $E(\Phi)$ gives the asymptotic number of singlets required to create $n$ copies ...
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### Is data processing for relative entropy true when states are not normalized?

The data processing inequality for relative entropy states that $$D(\rho\|\sigma) \geq D(N(\rho)\|N(\sigma))$$ for some CPTP map $N$ where $\rho$ is a quantum state and $\sigma$ is a positive-...
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### Continuity of relative entropy variance

Related question here - copying over the definitions. The relative entropy between two quantum states is given by $D(\rho\|\sigma) = \operatorname{Tr}(\rho\log\rho -\rho\log\sigma)$. It is known that ...
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### Does the relative entropy variance $V(\rho_{AB}\|\rho_A\otimes\sigma_B)$ satisfy an ordering for different $\sigma_B$?

The relative entropy between two quantum states is given by $D(\rho\|\sigma) = \operatorname{Tr}(\rho\log\rho -\rho\log\sigma)$. It is known that for any bipartite state $\rho_{AB}$ with reduced ...
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### Measuring entanglement entropy using a stabilizer circuit simulator

I'm trying to simulate stabilizer circuits using the Clifford tableau formalism that lets you scale up to hundreds of qubits. What I want to do is find the entanglement entropy on by splitting my ...
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### Continuity of Renyi entropies - limiting cases

The Renyi entropies are defined as $$S_{\alpha}(\rho)=\frac{1}{1-\alpha} \log \operatorname{Tr}\left(\rho^{\alpha}\right), \alpha \in(0,1) \cup(1, \infty)$$ It is claimed that this quantity is ...
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### Conditional Time Evolution increases entropy?

Question Does the below calculation conclusively show the idea of conditional time evolution (if state measured is $x$ I do $y$ else I do $z$ ) increases the Von Neumann entropy? Has this already ...
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### Non-lockability of quantum max-entropy

Lockability and non-lockability are explained in this paper. A real valued function of a quantum state is called non-lockable if its value does not change by too much after discarding a subsystem. The ...