Demonstration of Topological Data Analysis on a Quantum Processor

Research paper by He-Liang Huang, Xi-Lin Wang, Peter P. Rohde, Yi-Han Luo, You-Wei Zhao, Chang Liu, Li Li, Nai-Le Liu, Chao-Yang Lu, Jian-Wei Pan

Indexed on: 19 Jan '18Published on: 19 Jan '18Published in: arXiv - Quantum Physics


Topological data analysis offers a robust way to extract useful information from noisy, unstructured data by identifying its underlying structure. Recently, an efficient quantum algorithm was proposed [Lloyd, Garnerone, Zanardi, Nat. Commun. 7, 10138 (2016)] for calculating Betti numbers of data points -- topological features that count the number of topological holes of various dimensions in a scatterplot. Here, we implement a proof-of-principle demonstration of this quantum algorithm by employing a six-photon quantum processor to successfully analyze the topological features of Betti numbers of a network including three data points, providing new insights into data analysis in the era of quantum computing.