# 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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### How does bra-ket notation work?

Quantum algorithms frequently use bra-ket notation in their description. What do all of these brackets and vertical lines mean? For example: $|ψ⟩=α|0⟩+β|1⟩$ While this is arguably a question about ...
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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 do double wires mean in quantum circuits, and how do they relate to if statements?

The circuit can be translated to the following code: ...
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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 ...
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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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### What do we mean by the notation $\lvert \mathbf{x}, 0\rangle$?

In quantum computation, a common operation performed between two quantum states is the tensor product, which allows us to create a new and higher-dimensional state from two lower-dimensional states. ...
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### What is the meaning of writing a state in its Bloch representation?

What is the meaning of writing a state $|\psi\rangle$ in its Bloch representation. Would I be correct in saying it's just writing out its Bloch vector?
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### What is the meaning of the state $|1\rangle-|1\rangle$?

I don't understand it. But suppose you have a state of two qubits in superposition and it looks like $|10\rangle-|11\rangle$. Now you have in your circuits two gates one is a controlled-NOT from the ...
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### Is there a place online where I can catch up with all the notational syntax associated with quantum computing?

There is a vast amount of new notations which would be new even to Ph.D. in math. How on Earth can I catch up with all of this? Is there a place online which is devoted to the QC syntax? I would ...
Suppose I have two registers x and y, of length m and n bits respectively. I want to initialize my system to contain an equal superposition of all $2^{n+m}$ states, then apply an oracle function (in ...