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Quantum Information Toolkit

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Quantum Information Toolkit


Quantum Information Toolkit (QIT) is a free, open source
Python 2.7 / Python 3 package for various quantum information and
computing -related purposes, released under GNU GPL.
It is a sister project of the MATLAB Quantum Information Toolkit
and has equivalent functionality. QIT requires the following
Python libraries:

* `NumPy <>`_ 1.7.1
* `SciPy <>`_ 0.11.0
* `matplotlib <>`_ 1.2

For interactive use the `IPython <>`_ interactive shell is recommended.

The latest version can be found on our website,

The toolkit is installed by downloading it from the Python Package Index,
or directly from the Git repository. For an interactive session, start
IPython with ::

ipython --pylab

and then import the toolkit using ::

from qit import *

To get an overview of the features and capabilities of the toolkit,
run examples.tour()


QIT is released under the GNU General Public License version 3.
This basically means that you can freely use, share and modify it as
you wish, as long as you give proper credit to the authors and do not
change the terms of the license. See LICENSE.txt for the details.

Design notes

The main design goals for this toolkit are ease of use and
comprehensiveness. It is primarily meant to be used as a tool for
hypothesis testing, small simulations, and learning, not for
computationally demanding simulations. Hence optimal efficiency of the
algorithms used is not a number one priority.
However, if you think an algorithm could be improved without
compromising accuracy or maintainability, please let the authors know
or become a contributor yourself!


QIT is an open source project and your contributions are welcome.
To keep the code readable and maintainable, we ask you to follow these
coding guidelines:

* Fully document all the modules, classes and functions using docstrings
(purpose, calling syntax, output, approximations used, assumptions made...).
The docstrings may contain reStructuredText markup for math, citations etc.
* Add relevant literature references to doc/refs.bib and cite them in the function
or module docstring using sphinxcontrib-bibtex syntax.
* Instead of using multiple similar functions, use a single function
performing multiple related tasks, see e.g. :func:`qit.state.state.measure`.
* Raise an exception on invalid input.
* Use variables sparingly, give them descriptive (but short) names.
* Use brief comments to explain the logic of your code.
* When you add new functions also add testing scripts for validating
your code. If you modify existing code, make sure you didn't break
anything by checking that the testing scripts still run successfully.


* Ville Bergholm 2008-2014
* Jacob D. Biamonte 2008-2009
* James D. Whitfield 2009-2010

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