qml.operation.Observable¶

class
Observable
(*params, wires=None, do_queue=True, id=None)[source]¶ Bases:
pennylane.operation.Operator
Base class representing observables.
Observables define a return type
 Parameters
params (tuple[tensor_like]) – trainable parameters
wires (Iterable[Any] or Any) – Wire label(s) that the operator acts on. If not given, args[1] is interpreted as wires.
do_queue (bool) – indicates whether the operator should be recorded when created in a tape context
id (str) – custom label given to an operator instance, can be useful for some applications where the instance has to be identified
Attributes
Eigenvalues of an instantiated operator.
Integer hash that uniquely represents the operator.
Dictionary of nontrainable variables that this operation depends on.
Custom string to label a specific operator instance.
Matrix representation of an instantiated operator in the computational basis.
String for the name of the operator.
Number of trainable parameters that the operator depends on.
Number of wires the operator acts on.
Trainable parameters that the operator depends on.
Measurement type that this observable is called with.
Wires that the operator acts on.

eigvals
¶ Eigenvalues of an instantiated operator. Note that the eigenvalues are not guaranteed to be in any particular order.
Warning
The
eigvals
property is deprecated and will be removed in an upcoming release. Please useqml.eigvals
instead.Example:
>>> U = qml.RZ(0.5, wires=1) >>> U.eigvals >>> array([0.968912420.24740396j, 0.96891242+0.24740396j])
 Returns
eigvals representation
 Return type
array

has_matrix
= False¶

hash
¶ Integer hash that uniquely represents the operator.
 Type
int

hyperparameters
¶ Dictionary of nontrainable variables that this operation depends on.
 Type
dict

id
¶ Custom string to label a specific operator instance.

matrix
¶ Matrix representation of an instantiated operator in the computational basis.
Warning
The
matrix
property is deprecated and will be removed in an upcoming release. Please useqml.matrix
instead.Example:
>>> U = qml.RY(0.5, wires=1) >>> U.matrix >>> array([[ 0.96891242+0.j, 0.24740396+0.j], [ 0.24740396+0.j, 0.96891242+0.j]])
 Returns
matrix representation
 Return type
array

name
¶ String for the name of the operator.

num_params
¶ Number of trainable parameters that the operator depends on.
By default, this property returns as many parameters as were used for the operator creation. If the number of parameters for an operator subclass is fixed, this property can be overwritten to return the fixed value.
 Returns
number of parameters
 Return type
int

num_wires
¶ Number of wires the operator acts on.

parameters
¶ Trainable parameters that the operator depends on.

return_type
= None¶ Measurement type that this observable is called with.
 Type
None or ObservableReturnTypes
Methods
compare
(other)Compares with another
Hamiltonian
,Tensor
, orObservable
, to determine if they are equivalent.compute_decomposition
(*params[, wires])Representation of the operator as a product of other operators (static method).
compute_diagonalizing_gates
(*params, wires, …)Sequence of gates that diagonalize the operator in the computational basis (static method).
compute_eigvals
(*params, **hyperparams)Eigenvalues of the operator in the computational basis (static method).
compute_matrix
(*params, **hyperparams)Representation of the operator as a canonical matrix in the computational basis (static method).
compute_sparse_matrix
(*params, **hyperparams)Representation of the operator as a sparse matrix in the computational basis (static method).
compute_terms
(*params, **hyperparams)Representation of the operator as a linear combination of other operators (static method).
Representation of the operator as a product of other operators.
Sequence of gates that diagonalize the operator in the computational basis.
expand
()Returns a tape that has recorded the decomposition of the operator.
Generator of an operator that is in singleparameterform.
Eigenvalues of the operator in the computational basis (static method).
get_matrix
([wire_order])Representation of the operator as a matrix in the computational basis.
label
([decimals, base_label, cache])A customizable string representation of the operator.
queue
([context])Append the operator to the Operator queue.
sparse_matrix
([wire_order])Representation of the operator as a sparse matrix in the computational basis.
terms
()Representation of the operator as a linear combination of other operators.

compare
(other)[source]¶ Compares with another
Hamiltonian
,Tensor
, orObservable
, to determine if they are equivalent.Observables/Hamiltonians are equivalent if they represent the same operator (their matrix representations are equal), and they are defined on the same wires.
Warning
The compare method does not check if the matrix representation of a
Hermitian
observable is equal to an equivalent observable expressed in terms of Pauli matrices. To do so would require the matrix form of Hamiltonians and Tensors be calculated, which would drastically increase runtime. Returns
True if equivalent.
 Return type
(bool)
Examples
>>> ob1 = qml.PauliX(0) @ qml.Identity(1) >>> ob2 = qml.Hamiltonian([1], [qml.PauliX(0)]) >>> ob1.compare(ob2) True >>> ob1 = qml.PauliX(0) >>> ob2 = qml.Hermitian(np.array([[0, 1], [1, 0]]), 0) >>> ob1.compare(ob2) False

static
compute_decomposition
(*params, wires=None, **hyperparameters)¶ Representation of the operator as a product of other operators (static method).
\[O = O_1 O_2 \dots O_n.\]Note
Operations making up the decomposition should be queued within the
compute_decomposition
method.See also
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributewires (Iterable[Any], Wires) – wires that the operator acts on
hyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
decomposition of the operator
 Return type
list[Operator]

static
compute_diagonalizing_gates
(*params, wires, **hyperparams)¶ Sequence of gates that diagonalize the operator in the computational basis (static method).
Given the eigendecomposition \(O = U \Sigma U^{\dagger}\) where \(\Sigma\) is a diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues, the sequence of diagonalizing gates implements the unitary \(U\).
The diagonalizing gates rotate the state into the eigenbasis of the operator.
See also
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributewires (Iterable[Any], Wires) – wires that the operator acts on
hyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
list of diagonalizing gates
 Return type
list[Operator]

static
compute_eigvals
(*params, **hyperparams)¶ Eigenvalues of the operator in the computational basis (static method).
If
diagonalizing_gates
are specified and implement a unitary \(U\), the operator can be reconstructed as\[O = U \Sigma U^{\dagger},\]where \(\Sigma\) is the diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues.
Otherwise, no particular order for the eigenvalues is guaranteed.
See also
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributehyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
eigenvalues
 Return type
tensor_like

static
compute_matrix
(*params, **hyperparams)¶ Representation of the operator as a canonical matrix in the computational basis (static method).
The canonical matrix is the textbook matrix representation that does not consider wires. Implicitly, this assumes that the wires of the operator correspond to the global wire order.
See also
get_matrix()
andmatrix()
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributehyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
matrix representation
 Return type
tensor_like

static
compute_sparse_matrix
(*params, **hyperparams)¶ Representation of the operator as a sparse matrix in the computational basis (static method).
The canonical matrix is the textbook matrix representation that does not consider wires. Implicitly, this assumes that the wires of the operator correspond to the global wire order.
See also
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributehyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
matrix representation
 Return type
scipy.sparse.coo.coo_matrix

static
compute_terms
(*params, **hyperparams)¶ Representation of the operator as a linear combination of other operators (static method).
\[O = \sum_i c_i O_i\]See also
 Parameters
params (list) – trainable parameters of the operator, as stored in the
parameters
attributehyperparams (dict) – nontrainable hyperparameters of the operator, as stored in the
hyperparameters
attribute
 Returns
list of coefficients and list of operations
 Return type
tuple[list[tensor_like or float], list[Operation]]

decomposition
()¶ Representation of the operator as a product of other operators.
\[O = O_1 O_2 \dots O_n\]A
DecompositionUndefinedError
is raised if no representation by decomposition is defined.See also
 Returns
decomposition of the operator
 Return type
list[Operator]

diagonalizing_gates
()¶ Sequence of gates that diagonalize the operator in the computational basis.
Given the eigendecomposition \(O = U \Sigma U^{\dagger}\) where \(\Sigma\) is a diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues, the sequence of diagonalizing gates implements the unitary \(U\).
The diagonalizing gates rotate the state into the eigenbasis of the operator.
A
DiagGatesUndefinedError
is raised if no representation by decomposition is defined.See also
 Returns
a list of operators
 Return type
list[Operator] or None

expand
()¶ Returns a tape that has recorded the decomposition of the operator.
 Returns
quantum tape
 Return type

generator
()¶ Generator of an operator that is in singleparameterform.
For example, for operator
\[U(\phi) = e^{i\phi (0.5 Y + Z\otimes X)}\]we get the generator
>>> U.generator() (0.5) [Y0] + (1.0) [Z0 X1]
The generator may also be provided in the form of a dense or sparse Hamiltonian (using
Hermitian
andSparseHamiltonian
respectively).The default value to return is
None
, indicating that the operation has no defined generator.

get_eigvals
()¶ Eigenvalues of the operator in the computational basis (static method).
If
diagonalizing_gates
are specified and implement a unitary \(U\), the operator can be reconstructed as\[O = U \Sigma U^{\dagger},\]where \(\Sigma\) is the diagonal matrix containing the eigenvalues.
Otherwise, no particular order for the eigenvalues is guaranteed.
Note
When eigenvalues are not explicitly defined, they are computed automatically from the matrix representation. Currently, this computation is not differentiable.
A
EigvalsUndefinedError
is raised if the eigenvalues have not been defined and cannot be inferred from the matrix representation.See also
 Returns
eigenvalues
 Return type
tensor_like

get_matrix
(wire_order=None)¶ Representation of the operator as a matrix in the computational basis.
If
wire_order
is provided, the numerical representation considers the position of the operator’s wires in the global wire order. Otherwise, the wire order defaults to the operator’s wires.If the matrix depends on trainable parameters, the result will be cast in the same autodifferentiation framework as the parameters.
A
MatrixUndefinedError
is raised if the matrix representation has not been defined.See also
 Parameters
wire_order (Iterable) – global wire order, must contain all wire labels from the operator’s wires
 Returns
matrix representation
 Return type
tensor_like

label
(decimals=None, base_label=None, cache=None)¶ A customizable string representation of the operator.
 Parameters
decimals=None (int) – If
None
, no parameters are included. Else, specifies how to round the parameters.base_label=None (str) – overwrite the nonparameter component of the label
cache=None (dict) – dictionary that caries information between label calls in the same drawing
 Returns
label to use in drawings
 Return type
str
Example:
>>> op = qml.RX(1.23456, wires=0) >>> op.label() "RX" >>> op.label(decimals=2) "RX\n(1.23)" >>> op.label(base_label="my_label") "my_label" >>> op.label(decimals=2, base_label="my_label") "my_label\n(1.23)" >>> op.inv() >>> op.label() "RX⁻¹"
If the operation has a matrixvalued parameter and a cache dictionary is provided, unique matrices will be cached in the
'matrices'
key list. The label will contain the index of the matrix in the'matrices'
list.>>> op2 = qml.QubitUnitary(np.eye(2), wires=0) >>> cache = {'matrices': []} >>> op2.label(cache=cache) 'U(M0)' >>> cache['matrices'] [tensor([[1., 0.], [0., 1.]], requires_grad=True)] >>> op3 = qml.QubitUnitary(np.eye(4), wires=(0,1)) >>> op3.label(cache=cache) 'U(M1)' >>> cache['matrices'] [tensor([[1., 0.], [0., 1.]], requires_grad=True), tensor([[1., 0., 0., 0.], [0., 1., 0., 0.], [0., 0., 1., 0.], [0., 0., 0., 1.]], requires_grad=True)]

queue
(context=<class 'pennylane.queuing.QueuingContext'>)¶ Append the operator to the Operator queue.

sparse_matrix
(wire_order=None)¶ Representation of the operator as a sparse matrix in the computational basis.
If
wire_order
is provided, the numerical representation considers the position of the operator’s wires in the global wire order. Otherwise, the wire order defaults to the operator’s wires.Note
The wire_order argument is currently not implemented, and using it will raise an error.
A
SparseMatrixUndefinedError
is raised if the sparse matrix representation has not been defined.See also
 Parameters
wire_order (Iterable) – global wire order, must contain all wire labels from the operator’s wires
 Returns
matrix representation
 Return type
scipy.sparse.coo.coo_matrix

terms
()¶ Representation of the operator as a linear combination of other operators.
\[O = \sum_i c_i O_i\]A
TermsUndefinedError
is raised if no representation by terms is defined.See also
 Returns
list of coefficients \(c_i\) and list of operations \(O_i\)
 Return type
tuple[list[tensor_like or float], list[Operation]]
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