# Questions tagged [grovers-algorithm]

Grover's search algorithm is an algorithm that can perform a search in the order of square root of the input size. This is a provable speed up over the best classical algorithm, which requires a time of order N to perform a search.

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### What applications does Grover's Search Algorithm have?

Grover's Search algorithm is usually talked about in terms of finding a marked entry in an unsorted database. This is a natural formalism that lets it be applied directly to searching for solutions to ...
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### Grover's algorithm: where is the list?

Grover's algorithm is used, among other things, to search an item $\mathbf{y}$ in an unordered list of items $[\mathbf{x}_0, \mathbf{x}_1, ..., \mathbf{x}_{n-1}]$ of length $n$. Even though there are ...
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### Does the oracle in Grover's algorithm need to contain information about the entirety of the database?

Grover's algorithm is often described as a way to search a database in $O(\sqrt{N})$ time. For using it we need an oracle gate that represents some function $f$ such that $f^{-1}(1)$ is the answer. ...
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### Is there a layman's explanation for why Grover's algorithm works?

This blogpost by Scott Aaronson is a very useful and simple explanation of Shor's algorithm. I'm wondering if there is such an explanation for the second most famous quantum algorithm: Grover's ...
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### Grover's algorithm: a real life example?

I'm fairly confused about how Grover's algorithm could be used in practice and I'd like to ask help on clarification through an example. Let's assume an $N=8$ element database that contains colors ...
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### Grover's algorithm in a nutshell

I am trying to understand Grover's algorithm. I read that this algorithm is able to find an entry in an unsorted list in just $\sqrt N$ steps, and needs only $\log N$ space. I understand entanglement ...
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### Why does Grover's search invert about the mean?

Let $\vert s\rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{N}}\sum_{i=1}^N\vert x_i\rangle$ be an equal superposition over states from which we need to find one solution state $\vert w\rangle$. The phase flip operator in ...
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### Counting in Q#: number of solutions

I have this program derived from Microsoft Quantum Katas for counting (see here): ...
In the literature before me, the quantum oracle of the Grover algorithm is shown as a function, in which a sign change is made possible $|x\rangle\rightarrow(-1)^{f(x)}|x\rangle$. I have read that it ...
I am currently working on the Grover algorithm and have a few questions. In the third step of the algorithm, a phase shift is performed on all states, except $|0\rangle$. My question is, why is the ...