# Questions tagged [notation]

For questions about the usage of, origin of or reasons for specific notation used in the context of quantum computing.

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### What does the notation $U(B,\beta) = \prod_{j =1}^n e^{-i \beta \sigma_j^x}$ mean in the context of QAOA?

In the article Quantum Observables for continuous control of the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm via Reinforcement Learning, the following notation is used to describe an Unitary operation ...
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### What does the notation $\sigma_j^z$ mean for Pauli matrices?

In multiples papers or online article on the QAOA algorithm (such as this one), I found notation for the Hamiltonian similar to this one : $$\sum_{ij} \frac{1}{2} (I-\sigma_i^z \sigma_j^z)$$ I don'...
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### Confusing notation in Wikipedia's quantum channel article

In the Wikipedia's Quantum channel article, it is said that a purely quantum channel $\phi$ (it's not exactly the same phi calligraphy but it's close), in the Schrodinger picture, is a linear map ...
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### How to write the map $\mathbb C\ni z\mapsto zv$ in bra-ket notation?

As part of a course, I've been asked to write a map $C\rightarrow H,z \rightarrow zv$ for $v \in H=C^3\otimes C^2$, $v=[1, 0, 0, 1, 0, 1]$ in bra-ket notation. However, I never written such a map ...
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### How to compute the average value $\langle X_1 Z_2\rangle$ for a two-qubit system?

Show that the average value of the observable $X_1Z_2$ in a two-qubit system measured in the state $(|00\rangle + |11\rangle)/\sqrt{2}$ is zero. How would we approach this question? I understand ...
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### Resources for quantum computing which do not use Dirac notation

What are some introductory textbooks and resources on quantum computing that do not use Dirac-notation, but rather ordinary mathematical notation (i.e. the notation used by mathematicians to represent ...
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### A question about notation for quantum states

I am reading an article on representation of digital images using qubits. But I am not able to understand the notations of the article. Can somebody help me: $|0\rangle$: It means the first basis ...
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### Convention for expressing measurement in non-standard basis

If we're measuring in common bases like $|0\rangle$, $|1\rangle$ or $|+\rangle$, $|-\rangle$ we express this by saying we're measuring with $\sigma_z$ or $\sigma_x$, or measuring in the computational ...
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### Quantum states are unit vectors… with respect to which norm?

The most general definition of a quantum state I found is (rephrasing the definition from Wikipedia) Quantum states are represented by a ray in a finite- or infinite-dimensional Hilbert space over ...
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### What does quantum error correction code notation stand for?

I understand the notation for classical error correcting codes. E.g., "Hamming(7,4)" stands for a Hamming code that uses 7 bits to encode blocks of 4 bits. What does the notation for quantum error ...
### What does the notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$ mean?
I recently read hand-written notes about the "secret mask" or "secret string" algorithm (which I can't share here) with the following notation $\lvert \underline{x} \rangle$, i.e. a letter with a line ...