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How can we prove that the covariance satisfies $\mathrm{Cov}_\rho(X,Y)=\mathrm{Cov}_\rho(Y,X)$?

While attempting to prove the Cauchy Schwarz Inequality I came across this problem. First of all, if we are given a $\rho$ density matrix and two matrix of obserables $X,Y$, after defining the ...
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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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Upper bounding a permutation invariant state

Let $\rho_{A^n}$ be a permutation invariant quantum state on $n$ registers i.e. $\pi(A^n)\rho_{A^n}\pi(A^n) = \rho_{A^n}$ for any permutation $\pi$ among the $n$ registers. If we trace out $n-1$ ...
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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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Is there an identity for the partial transpose of a product of operators?

The partial transpose of an operator $M$ with respect to subsystem $A$ is given by $$ M^{T_A} := \left(\sum_{abcd} M^{ab}_{cd} \underbrace{|a\rangle \langle b| }_{A}\otimes \underbrace{|c \rangle \...
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How do Rényi entropies act under unitary time evolution?

I am trying to find information/ help on Rényi entropies given by $$ S_n(\rho) = \frac{1}{1-n} \ln [Tr(\rho^n)] $$ and how it acts under unitary time evolution? Is the entropy independent on the state ...
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Is the quantum state discrimination success probability always $\lambda_0\langle\mu(0),\rho_0\rangle+\lambda_1\langle\mu(1),\rho_1\rangle$?

Consider the standard quantum state discrimination setup: Alice sends Bob either $\rho_0$ or $\rho_1$. She picks $\rho_0$ and $\rho_1$ with probabilities $\lambda_0$ and $\lambda_1$, respectively. Bob ...
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In classical state discrimination, why does the trace distance quantify the probability of success?

Consider the following task: we are given a probability distribution $p_y:x\mapsto p_y(x)$ with $y\in\{0,1\}$ (e.g. we are given some black box that we can use to draw samples from either $p_0$ or $...
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Deriving the depolarizing channel

Consider a circuit built as follows: take two ancilla states and an operator $U$ made of a series of controlled gates which act on a pure state $\rho$ as follows: $X$ if the ancilla is in $|00\rangle$...
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How is the connection between Bures fidelity and quantum Fisher information derived?

I recently came to know that there is a connection between Bures Fidelity $(F_B)$ and Quantum Fisher Information $(F_Q)$ given by $$F_{B}(\rho, \rho_\theta) = 1 - \frac{\theta^2}{4} F_Q[\rho, A] + \...
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Why do probablity distribution with orthogonal suppor have maximal Kolmogorov distance?

Can anyone explain why the $l_1$ distance has the property that probability distributions $P,Q$ with orthogonal support (meaning that the product $p_iq_i$ vanishes for each value of $i$) are at a ...
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Does the no-hiding theorem suggest that quantum information is never destroyed?

According to Wikipedia: The no-hiding theorem proves that if information is lost from a system via decoherence, then it moves to the subspace of the environment and it cannot remain in the ...
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If quantum computing always return random measurement (or uncertain measurement), why do we still need it?

I am very new to quantum computing and currently studying quantum computing on my own through various resources (Youtube Qiskit, Qiskit website, book). As my mindset is still "locked" with ...
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If Alice and Bob share only classical communication resources, is shared entanglement always equivalent to shared randomness?

If Alice and Bob share only classical communication resources such as noisy or perfect classical channels, is shared entanglement always equivalent to shared randomness? In other words, must there be ...
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Average secret key rate calculation

I am working on a problem related to average secret key rate calculation in satellite quantum key distribution (QKD). The problem is similar to a paper on arXiv:1712.09722 (P. No. 21). In a single ...
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Calculating the entropy of a quantum state

Let $\rho_{AR}$ be some $d-$dimensional pure quantum state. Consider a channel $N_{A\rightarrow B}$ that outputs a constant state in $B$. We now consider the Stinespring dilation of this channel with ...
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Pure state ensembles achieving the Holevo $\chi$-quantity with at most $d^2$ states

Theorem 8.10 in Chapter 8 of Theory of Quantum Information asserts that the Holevo capacity of a quantum channel (between density operators on $\mathbb{C}^d$) can be achieved by an ensemble consisting ...
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A question in classical and quantum information

Let $\rho, \sigma \in \mathfrak{D}(A)$ with $\operatorname{supp}(\rho) \subseteq \operatorname{supp}(\sigma),$ and spectral decomposition $$ \rho=\sum_{x} p_{x}\left|\psi_{x}\right\rangle\left\langle\...
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When is the Choi matrix of a channel pure?

For a quantum channel $\mathcal{E}$, the Choi state is defined by the action of the channel on one half of an unnormalized maximally entangled state as below: $$J(\mathcal{E}) = (\mathcal{E}\otimes I)\...
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Prove that the conditional entropy of a classical-quantum state is non-negative

Let $\rho_{XA}$ be a classical-quantum state, i.e., $\rho_{XA} = \sum_{x} p(x) |x\rangle \langle x| \otimes \rho_A^x$. How to prove that the conditional von Neumann entropy $S(X|A) = S(\rho_{XA}) - ...
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Additivity of Renyi entropy

The Renyi entropy of order $\beta$, for a discrete probability distribution $p$ is given by \begin{equation} H_{\beta}(p) = \frac{1}{1 - \beta} ~\log \left( \sum_{i \in S} p(i)^{\beta} \right), \end{...
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Stinespring dilation: Size of environment

Let $\mathcal{E}_{A\rightarrow B}$ be a quantum channel and consider its $n-$fold tensor product $\mathcal{E}^{\otimes n}_{A^n\rightarrow B^n}$. Any isometry $V_{A\rightarrow BE}$ that satisfies $\...
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Fidelity of extensions of states

Given two states $\rho_A, \sigma_A$, Uhlmann's theorem states that the fidelity between them is achieved in the following way $$F(\rho_A, \sigma_A) = \max_{U_{R'}}F(\rho_{AR'}, (I\otimes U_{R'})\...
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Closeness of purifications of states

Uhlmann's theorem states that if two states $\rho_A, \sigma_A$ satisfy $F(\rho_A, \sigma_A)\geq 1 - \varepsilon$, then there for any purification $\Psi_{AR}$ of $\rho_A$, one can find a purification $\...
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Question about Haar random quantum states

Let $|\psi\rangle$ be a $n$ qubit Haar-random quantum state. I am trying to show that in the limit of large $n$, for each $z_{i} \in \{0, 1\}^{n}$, $$ |\langle 0|\psi\rangle|^{2}, |\langle 1|\psi\...
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What is the Stinespring representation of the adjoint of a channel?

For any completely positive trace nonincreasing map $N_{A\rightarrow B}$, the adjoint map is the unique completely positive linear map $N^\dagger_{B\rightarrow A}$ that satisfies $$\langle N^\dagger(\...
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What is meant with “reconciliation” in CV QKD?

I am working on a paper about Continuous Variable QKD. (https://arxiv.org/abs/1711.08500v2) I read about direct and reverse reconciliation in this paper. I don't understand what exactly Reconciliation ...
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Diamond norm distance bound on Stinespring dilations of channels

The diamond distance between two channels $\Phi_0$ and $\Phi_1$ is defined in this answer. $$ \| \Phi_0 - \Phi_1 \|_{\diamond} = \sup_{\rho} \: \| (\Phi_0 \otimes \operatorname{Id}_k)(\rho) - (\Phi_1 ...
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Positive conditional quantum entropy for entangled state

The quantum conditional entropy $S(A|B)\equiv S(AB)-S(A)$, where $S(AB)=S(\rho_{\rm AB})$ and $S(B)=S(\rho_{\rm B})$ is known to be non-negative for separable states. For entangled states, it is known ...
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Prove that for a general tri-partite state $\rho_{ABE}$, $H(AB) = H(E)$

How do I prove that for a general tri-partite state $\rho_{ABE}$, the following holds: $$ H(\rho_{AB}) = H(\rho_{E}), H(\rho_{AE}) = H(\rho_{B}), $$ where, $H$ is the Von Neumann entropy. Would ...
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Teleportation followed by measurement: Lowering communication cost

Suppose Alice and Bob have access to shared entanglement and a classical channel and wish to simulate the following quantum protocol. Alice sends over to Bob an $n$-qubit state which is not known to ...
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Does the quantum Jensen-Shannon divergence appear in any quantum algorithms or texts on quantum computing?

The generalization of probability distributions on density matrices allows to define quantum Jensen–Shannon divergence (QJSD), which uses von Neumann entropy. Does QJSD appear in any quantum ...
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Pseudoinverse of a quantum state

The max-relative entropy between two states is defined as $D_{\max}(\rho\|\sigma) = \log\lambda$, where $\lambda$ is the smallest real number that satisfies $\rho\leq \lambda\sigma$, where $A\leq B$ ...
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Quantum analogues of information theoretic measures: are log probabilities replaced with the density matrix?

Below is a question and an answer. How does quantum information relate to, diverge from or reduce to Shannon information, which used log probabilities? What people are more often interested in are ...
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Relating quantum max-relative entropy to classical maximum entropy

The quantum max-relative entropy between two states is defined as $$D_{\max }(\rho \| \sigma):=\log \min \{\lambda: \rho \leq \lambda \sigma\},$$ where $\rho\leq \sigma$ should be read as $\sigma - \...
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Wheeler's “information theoretic” derivation of quantum information

1980s. John Wheeler at the University of Texas would tell his students, “Give an information theoretic derivation of quantum theory!” Information theoretic is an adjective for Claude Shannon's ...
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Is “classical information” the same as “Shannon information”?

does Shannon meet Feynman? Bits underlie classical information measurements in information theory, while qubits underlie quantum information measurements in, what I can only assume to be called, ...
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Alternative definition of the coherent information of a quantum channel

Let $T: M_n \to M_n$ be a quantum channel. If I understand Definition 13.5.1 of the book "Quantum information theory" of Wilde, the coherent information $Q(T)=\max_{\phi_{AA'}} I(A \rangle B)...
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von Neumann entropy in a limiting case

I am stuck with a question from the book Quantum theory by Asher Peres. Excercise (9.11): Three different preparation procedures of a spin 1/2 particle are represented by the vectors $\begin{pmatrix} ...
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What is the relationship between these two definitions for the max-entropy?

On Wikipedia, the max-entropy for classical systems is defined as $$H_{0}(A)_{\rho}=\log \operatorname{rank}\left(\rho_{A}\right)$$ The term max-entropy in quantum information is reserved for the ...
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Quantum marginal problem - constructing a global state from reduced states

Consider a bipartite state $\rho_{AB}$ with reduced states $\rho_A = \text{Tr}_B(\rho_{AB})$ and $\rho_B = \text{Tr}_A(\rho_{AB})$. Suppose one obtains states $\rho'_{A}$ and $\rho'_{B}$ such that $\|\...
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Checking whether a state is almost orthogonal to permutation invariant states

Let us consider \begin{equation} |T\rangle = |\psi \rangle^{\otimes m} \end{equation} for an $n$-qubit quantum state $|\psi\rangle$. Let $\mathcal{V}$ be the space of all $(m + 1)$-partite states that ...
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What is the difference between no signaling and non locality at operational and ontological level?

I understand the basic definitions. Locality means Alice's measurements do not affect Bob's and system and that no-signalling means a party can't send information faster than light. I also know that ...
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Quantum relative entropy with respect to a pure state

I want to evalualte the quantum relative entropy $S(\rho|| \sigma)=-{\rm tr}(\rho {\rm log}(\sigma))-S(\rho)$, where $\sigma=|\Psi\rangle\langle\Psi|$ is a density matrix corresponding to a pure state ...
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Relative entropy inequality for many copies of a channel

Suppose we have two quantum channels $\mathcal{E}_{A\rightarrow B}, \mathcal{F}_{A\rightarrow B}$ that satisfy $$D(\mathcal{E}(\rho_A)\|\mathcal{E}(\sigma_A))\geq D(\mathcal{F}(\rho_A)\|\mathcal{F}(\...
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The proof of monotonicity of fidelity for channels and its meaning

I have two questions regarding the exercise 9.2.8 of Quantum information by Wilde, which is as follows: Let $\rho,\sigma \in \mathcal{D}(\mathcal{H}_A)$ and let $\mathcal{N: L(H}_A)\rightarrow \...
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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 ...
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Prove that Shannon and von Neumann entropies satisfy $H(P)\ge S(\rho)$ with $P$ diagonal of $\rho$

Suppose there is some $n$-qubit state $\rho$. It is well known fact that, given some orthonormal basis $U = \{|u_i\rangle\}$, if $p_i = \langle u_i| \rho |u_i \rangle$ (that is, measuring $\rho$ with $...