Quantum Adversary (Upper) Bound

TitleQuantum Adversary (Upper) Bound
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsKimmel, S
JournalChicago Journal of Theoretical Computer Science
Pages1 - 14
Date Published2013/04/05

We describe a method to upper bound the quantum query complexity of Boolean
formula evaluation problems, using fundamental theorems about the general
adversary bound. This nonconstructive method can give an upper bound on query
complexity without producing an algorithm. For example, we describe an oracle
problem which we prove (non-constructively) can be solved in $O(1)$ queries,
where the previous best quantum algorithm uses a polylogarithmic number of
queries. We then give an explicit $O(1)$-query algorithm for this problem based
on span programs.

Short TitleChicago J. of Theoretical Comp. Sci.