publication . Preprint . 1999

Invariant Quantum Algorithms for Insertion into an Ordered List

Farhi, Edward; Goldstone, Jeffrey; Gutmann, Sam; Sipser, Michael;
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  • Published: 19 Jan 1999
We consider the problem of inserting one item into a list of N-1 ordered items. We previously showed that no quantum algorithm could solve this problem in fewer than log N/(2 log log N) queries, for N large. We transform the problem into a "translationally invariant" problem and restrict attention to invariant algorithms. We construct the "greedy" invariant algorithm and show numerically that it outperforms the best classical algorithm for various N. We also find invariant algorithms that succeed exactly in fewer queries than is classically possible, and iterating one of them shows that the insertion problem can be solved in fewer than 0.53 log N quantum queries...
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