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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Conditional Text, Superposition, Quantum

I have been posting a lot about conditional text.  Work. FrameMaker. Bah!

Just read a Quantum Computing paper.

Conditional text and quantum seem related: both involve superposition, having a single value represent multiple.  If I advocate conditional text, should I also advocate quantum?

Here's a thought: why is quantum computing more efficient? If the answer is superposition, the increased efficiency may lie in the fact that  a single operation involving two values, one with M superpositioned values, and the other with N, usually corresponds to M*N non-superpositioned values.

In I-stages

    val.stage_i.j := val.stage[i-1].jj OP val.stage[i-1].kk

If 2-way superimposed by stage 0, doubles every stage =>  stage 1:2*2=4, stage:4*4=16, and so on.

Not just 2^N but is more.


But, if noise reduces the number of superposed states to a small finite number: then quantum is "only" a constant multiplier increase in efficiency.

I.e. in the presence of noise, quantum is not a big-O increase in computational efficiency.

This is so obvious that I am sure there must be a flaw in my reasoning.

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