Estimating Outcome Probabilities of Quantum Circuits Using Quasiprobabilities

QuICS Seminar

Stephen Bartlett (University of Sydney)
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 - 2:00pm
CSS 3100A

I'll present a method for estimating the probabilities of outcomes of a quantum circuit using Monte Carlo sampling techniques applied to a quasiprobability representation. This estimate converges to the true quantum probability at a rate determined by the total negativity in the circuit, using a measure of negativity based on the 1-norm of the quasiprobability.

If the negativity grows at most polynomially in the size of the circuit, our estimator converges efficiently. These results highlight the role of negativity as a measure of non-classical resources in quantum computation.