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Learning Distributions over Quantum Measurement Outcomes

Weiyuan Gong · Scott Aaronson

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Abstract: Shadow tomography for quantum states provides a sample efficient approach for predicting the measurement outcomes of quantum systems. However, these shadow tomography procedures yield poor bounds if there are more than two outcomes per measurement. In this paper, we consider a general problem of learning properties from quantum states: given an unknown $d$-dimensional quantum state $\rho$ and $M$ unknown quantum measurements $\mathcal{M}_1,...,\mathcal{M}_M$ with $K\geq 2$ outcomes, estimating the probability distribution for applying $\mathcal{M}_i$ on $\rho$ to within total variation distance $\epsilon$. Compared to the special case when $K=2$, we have to learn unknown distributions instead of values. Here, we propose an online shadow tomography procedure that solves this problem with high success probability requiring $\tilde{O}(K\log^2M\log d/\epsilon^4)$ copies of $\rho$. We further prove an information-theoretic lower bound showing that at least $\Omega(\min\{d^2,K+\log M\}/\epsilon^2)$ copies of $\rho$ are required to solve this problem with high success probability. Our shadow tomography procedure requires sample complexity with only logarithmic dependence on $M$ and $d$ and is sample-optimal concerning the dependence on $K$.

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