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What programming languages are available for quantum computers?

From this question, I gathered that the main quantum computing programming languages are Q# and QISKit. What other programming languages are available for programming quantum computers? Are there ...
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Programming quantum computers for non-physics majors

I come from a non-physics background and I am very much interested in pursuing Quantum Computing - especially how to program them. Any guidance on how to get started will be very helpful.
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How do you write a simple program for a D-Wave device?

I would like to know how a job for a D-Wave device is written in code and submitted to the device. In the answer it would be best to see a specific example of this for a simple problem. I guess that ...
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How can I implement an n-bit Toffoli gate?

I want to create a Toffoli gate controlled by n qubits, and implement it in QISKit. Can this be done? If so, how?
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How do I build a gate from a matrix on Qiskit?

I'm creating a gate for a project and need to test if it has the same results as the original circuit in a simulator, how do I build this gate on Qiskit? It's a 3 qubit gate, 8x8 matrix: $$ \frac{1}{...
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Are quantum computers just a variant on Analog computers of the 50's & 60's that many have never seen nor used?

In the recent Question "Is Quantum Computing just Pie in the Sky" there are many responses regarding the improvements in quantum capabilities, however all are focussed on the current 'digital' ...
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What would a very simple quantum program look like?

After reading the "first programmable quantum photonic chip". I was wondering just what software for a computer that uses quantum entanglement would be like. Is there any example of code for specific ...
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Does a complete list of open quantum software projects exist?

An answer to Is there any source which tabulates quantum computing algorithms for simulating physical systems? mentions the Quantum Algorithm Zoo, a list of quantum algorithms. Several answers to ...
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Does quantum computing already possess the level of abstraction to be explicable even without knowledge of physics?

Currently, quantum computer science (in contrast to classical computer science) can mostly only be understood if one has a good inside knowledge of physics, or more precisely quantum physics. Only ...
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Which programming language is suitable for a beginner?

I understand there are a lot of programming languages (e.g. Q#, Qiskit, etc.) Which one is suitable for someone that just started learning programming and doesn't know anything about quantum ...
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Does a study guide exist that starts from a "purely CS background" and advances towards "making a new quantum programming language"?

I am from a computer science background and I find it difficult to decide on the resources I should focus on while learning quantum computing, since there is so much to read/watch. My ultimate goal is ...
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Hamiltonian simulation with complex coefficients

As part of a variational algorithm, I would like to construct a quantum circuit (ideally with pyQuil) that simulates a Hamiltonian of the form: $H = 0.3 \cdot Z_3Z_4 + 0.12\cdot Z_1Z_3 + [...] + - ...
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Automatic compilation of quantum circuits

A recent question here asked how to compile the 4-qubit gate CCCZ (controlled-controlled-controlled-Z) into simple 1-qubit and 2-qubit gates, and the only answer given so far requires 63 gates! The ...
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Does the Curry-Howard correspondence have a quantum-specific type system?

In Wikipedia we can read that the Curry–Howard correspondence is a correspondence between formal proof calculi and type systems for models of computation. In particular, it splits into two ...
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Are there any quantum software startups?

I am aware of the quantum hardware startup Rigetti and I wonder if there are any quantum startups that build software on top of current quantum computer hardware for commercial applications? Related ...
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Resources for quantum algorithm basics

I have just started to learn about quantum computing, and I know a little bit about qubits. What is a resource where I can learn a basic quantum algorithm and the concepts behind how it works?
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Submitting jobs to IBM devices without Python

Qiskit can be used to submit jobs to IBM devices using Python (or Swift and JavaScript). But what if I want to use a different language? For example, suppose I have a specific circuit I want to run. ...
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Composing multiple quantum circuits in single quantum program in QISKit

I was wondering if there is a way to compose a program with multiple quantum circuits without having the register reinitialized at $0$ for each circuit. Specifically, I would like run a second ...
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Superposition of quantum circuits

Given a quantum circuit $C_1$ that generates a state $\vert\psi\rangle$ and another circuit $C_2$ that generates $\vert\phi\rangle$, is there a way to construct a circuit that outputs $$\frac{1}{\sqrt{...
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How many logical qubits are needed to run Shor's algorithm efficiently on large integers ($n > 2^{1024}$)?

First, I know there are differences in logical qubits and physical qubits. It takes more physical qubits for each logical qubit due to quantum error. Wikipedia states that it takes quantum gates of ...
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Phase-Shift Gate in Qiskit

How to implement the phase shift gate in qiskit or ibmq? Phase Shift Gate : $$\begin{pmatrix}e^{ia} && 0 \\ 0 && e^{ia}\end{pmatrix} = e^{ia}I$$
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How to program a controlled Hadamard-Hadamard gate?

I'm trying to program a controlled gate as the figure below in Qiskit. Should it be sufficient to separate and control individually the Hadamard gates?
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Evaluating expectation values of operators in Qiskit

I'm wondering how in Qiskit one can calculate the expectation value of an operator given as a WeightedPauli (or, at least, of a single ...
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How to quickly calculate the custom U3 gate parameters $\theta, \phi$ and $\lambda$ for any unitary?

In IBM Qiskit and Quantum Experience, the custom U3 gate is defined as $$ U(\theta, \phi, \lambda) = \begin{pmatrix} \cos\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right) & -e^{...
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A sample quantum algorithm, useful for demonstrating languages

I'm looking for a quantum algorithm which I can use to demonstrate the syntax of different quantum-languages. My question is similar to this, however, for me, "good" means: What it does could be ...
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Quantum implementation of arcsin

I am looking to implement a quantum version of the arcsinus function. Such a problem is motivated by the HHL algorithm where $x\mapsto 1/x$ and $\arcsin$ can be used to get $1/x$ from the ...
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How does one obtain amplitude information in Q#?

Is it possible to obtain amplitude information (in lexicographic ordering) for a particular qubit register in Q#? For example, in the following code: ...
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Qubits specification on IBMQ devices

As it is shown here, CNOT gates between different qubits have different error rates. I have the following questions: 1) While defining a circuit on QISkit, does ...
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How to calculate an Expected Value of some operator acting on qubits?

I'm trying to implement the Variational Quantum Eigensolver in Qiskit. Suppose, I have an operator $A = \sigma_1^z\sigma_2^z$ acting on some two-qubit state $|\psi\rangle$. After a measurement I get ...
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Qiskit - Z expectation value from counts?

For a given state $|\psi\rangle$, how would I work out $\langle\psi|Z|\psi\rangle$ ? If I run a quantum circuit and get the counts dictionary on qiskit, I get observables in the Z basis. For n=1 ...
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Which quantum computing programming language should I learn?

Which quantum computing programming language should I learn? What are the benefits of said language? As of Wikipedia, there's quite a bit to choose from. I'm looking to develop end-user applications (...
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Can we perform quantum mechanical simulations using a quantum computer?

I'm a computer science major who's really keen on physics and quantum mechanics. I have started learning about Q# and D-Wave, but I just wanted to know if it's possible to test quantum mechanical ...
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Possibility of a "reset" quantum gate

I wish to have a "reset" gate. This gate would have an effect to bring a qubit to the $\mid0\rangle$ state. Clearly, such a gate is not unitary (and so I'm unable to find any reliable implementation ...
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How to create an arbitrary state in QISKit for a local_qasm_simulator?

I would like to play with a quantum circuit local_qasm_simulator in QISKit, but I do not want to implement a separate quantum circuit that would prepare an initial ...
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There was an error in the circuit!. Error = 'QISkit Time Out'

I've got the following quantum code using QISKit (based on hello_quantum.py): ...
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Can I remove gates from a QuantumCircuit?

Suppose I want to implement run several circuits one after another, but they are constructed in a similar fashion. I could reinstantiate a QuantumCircuit for each ...
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Construct Controlled-$G^{\dagger}$ from known Controlled-$G$

Let there be a known a scheme (quantum circuit) of Controlled-G, where unitary gate G has G$^†$ such that G≠G$^†$ and GG$^†$=I (for example S and S$^†$, T and T$^†$, V and V$^†$, but not Pauli and H ...
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Changing indices of qubits in QISKit

I was wondering if something like this is possible in QISKit: let's say we have two registers containing target and ancilla qubits: $a_0$ ------------------- $a_1$-------------------- $\vdots$ $...
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How does the Curry-Howard correspondence apply to quantum programs?

In words of Wikipedia, The Curry–Howard correspondence is the observation that two families of seemingly unrelated formalisms—namely, the proof systems on one hand, and the models of computation ...
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How does measurement calibration work?

One of the possible ways to improve the results of an experiment on the IBM machine using the Qiskit language is to use the measurement calibration methods. This is the link to the documentation. I ...
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Visualization of Quantum Circuits when using IBM QISKit

I have followed the installation steps, regarding QISKit working environment. For circuit visualization, I've installed latex as in addition to poppler to convert from PDF to images. Afterwards, I ...
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How to implement a while loop in a quantum computer?

How can a while loop be implemented in a quantum computer? If quantum computing consists of : preparing a state applying a unitary operator measuring, then it seems like it's not possible to wait ...
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Is there something like GitHub for quantum programming?

I'm just learning about quantum computer but some of it has been available for people to research & practice so I'd like to study it myself. The only kind of quantum computing I found so far is ...
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Qubit Connectivity of IBM Quantum Computer

When simulating a quantum circuit using the qiskit qasm_simulator, the qubits that you assign to the quantum circuit may be ...
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Apply readout error mitigation to mid-circuit measurement

I'm trying to construct a quantum circuit with 3 mid-circuit measurements, here's an example: ...
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Big Endian vs. Little Endian in Qiskit

I've noticed that Q# favors Little Endian. Meaning that most operations are designed for this type of encoding. Is is it the same with Qiskit?
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How to construct the "Inversion About the Mean" operator?

It seems like it should be simple, based on how Nielsen and Chuang talk about it, but I cannot seem to correctly implement the Inversion About the Mean operator ($2|\psi\rangle \langle\psi| - \mathcal{...
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What is the purpose of the TDG gate in QISKit?

The QISKIT documentation doesn't explain what a TDG gate does and I can't find it anywhere else online.
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How do you send an array of qubits to an operation in Q#?

I have the following operation in my .qs files: operation myOp(qubits: Qubit[]) : () { // uses elements from the qubit array } How do I send an ...
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From Q# measurements to Bloch sphere

I would like to represent the state of a qubit on a Bloch sphere from the measurements made with Q#. According the documentation, it is possible to measure a qubit in the different Pauli bases (...

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