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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Grover's Algorithm and its relation to complexity classes?

I am getting confused about Grover's algorithm and it's connection to complexity classes. The Grover's algorithm finds and element $k$ in a database of $N=2^n$ (such that $f(k)=1$) of elements with $$...
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How is Grover's algorithm used to estimate the mean and median of a set of numbers?

On the Wikipedia page for Grover's algorithm, it is mentioned that: "Grover's algorithm can also be used for estimating the mean and median of a set of numbers" So far I only knew how it can be ...
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Implementation of the oracle of Grover's algorithm on IBM Q using three qubits

I am trying to get used to IBM Q by implementing three qubits Grover's algorithm but having difficulty to implement the oracle. Could you show how to do that or suggest some good resources to get ...
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Grover algorithm for a database search: where is the quantum advantage?

I have been trying to understand what could be the advantage of using Grover algorithm for searching in an arbitrary unordered database D(key, value) with N values instead of a classical search. I ...
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How does the Grover diffusion operator work and why is it optimal?

In this answer, Grover's algorithm is explained. The explanation indicates that the algorithm relies heavily on the Grover Diffusion Operator, but does not give details on the inner workings of this ...
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Grover's algorithm: what to input to Oracle?

I am confused about what to input to Oracle in Grover's algorithm. Don't we need to input what we are looking for and where to find what we are looking for to Oracle, in addition to the ...
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In Grover's Algorithm, why does the optimal number of iterations involve a floor?

On page 157 of Kaye, Laflamme and Mosca they write that in Grover's algorithm we need to apply Grover's iterate a total of: $$\Big\lfloor \frac{\pi}{4} \sqrt{N}\Big\rfloor$$ (They actually wrote $\Big\...
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Grover operator as a rotation matrix

I have seen that it is possible to represent the Grover iterator as a rotation matrix $G$. My question is, how can you do that exactly? So we say that $|\psi\rangle$ is a superposition of the states ...
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Example of Grover's Algorithm applied to a decision problem?

I recently asked this question on Grover's algorithm, and I am still fairly confused about the whole thing. Consider the following snippet from this post (written by DIDIx13) which for convenience I ...
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Proof that Grover's operator can be written as $D_N=-H_n R_N H_n$

I am interested in showing the validity of the Grover operator. Now there are several ways to show it. One way is with complete induction. It has to be shown that the following relationship applies: $...
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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): ...
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Grover's algorithm – DES circuit as oracle?

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 ...
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Grover algorithm phase shift and steps

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 ...