Questions tagged [qaoa]

For questions about the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA), first introduced in Farhi, Goldstone, Gutmann 2014 (https://arxiv.org/abs/1411.4028).

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What does the maximum of a Hamiltonian means (in a particular paper)?

In the paper Quantum Observables for continuous control of the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm via Reinforcement Learning, an Hamiltonian is defined in order to solve the MAXCUT problem : $...
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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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VQE with error dim. mismatch using qiskit.aqua.vqe

when i try to call the VQE from qiskit I get an error of dimmismatch. The input matrix is of a 16x16 shape and I could not find out what where I introduce the error. In the picture The input matrix ...
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QAOA for MaxCut - Algorithm motivation

In the QAOA algorithm for MaxCut, the authors construct a very specific scheme where the qubits (corresponding to the vertices of the graph) are transformed using a sequence of unitaries $$|\gamma, \...
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Quantum algorithms, combinatorial optimization, and approximation bounds

Recently, I saw this article, Classical and Quantum Bounded Depth Approximation Algorithms where the author discusses the limitations of QAOA relative to classical approaches. In particular, they ...
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Is there a mistake in the VQE Ansatz in Cirq's tutorial?

I have been going through Cirq's VQE background tutorial and after examining the Ansatz it seems to me that the only layer that actually affects the final measurement is the rot_x_layer. The other ...
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Is VQE a class of algorithms or a specific algorithm?

Is VQE a class of algorithms or a specific algorithm? For example, is QAOA a VQE or is VQE an algorithm distinct from QAOA that solves the same class of problems? If VQE is a specific algorithm, what ...
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QAOA Maxcut for larger qubits

I am using QAOA to solve maxcut problem. It takes a very long time to simulate 10 qubits and I never get the results. Is there a way to simulate faster for larger qubit? Here is my code ...
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Backend Warning: The skip Qobj validation does not work for IBMQ provider. Disable it

I am using QAOA to solve the max-cut problem. On my machine, 10 qubits already takes a minute or two to simulate. I'm hoping that the ibmq-qasm-simulator could simulate 32 qubits faster than my laptop ...
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How to understand run_algorithm() inputs in qiskit

I'd like to better understand the Max-Cut algorithm from the qiskit tutorials. Particularly, the run_algorithm function inputs. The inputs are two dictionaries, but I can't find any documentation or ...
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How does the fact that the output of a quantum circuit cannot be efficiently simulated classically help for optimisation?

This question refers principally to the article where for a low-depth circuit QAOA, the output cannot be efficiently simulated classically. I am wondering how this kind of quantum supremacy matters ...
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QAOA and symmetry effects on the angles

In this paper, QAOA on Maxcut shows symmetries that allow them to restrict their search space intervals. But how do they find such intervals knowing that in the original QAOA angles $\gamma,\beta$ are ...
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Barren plateaus in quantum neural network training landscapes

Here the authors argue that the efforts of creating a scalable quantum neural network using a set of parameterized gates are deemed to fail for a large number of qubits. This is due to the fact that, ...
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What is the difference between QAOA and Quantum Annealing?

Edward Farhi's paper on the Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm introduces a way for gate model quantum computers to solve combinatorial optimization algorithms. However, D-Wave style quantum ...