# Source code for pennylane.measurements.sample

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"""
This module contains the qml.sample measurement.
"""
import functools
import warnings
from typing import Sequence, Tuple, Optional
import pennylane as qml
from pennylane.operation import Operator
from pennylane.wires import Wires
from .measurements import MeasurementShapeError, Sample, SampleMeasurement
[docs]def sample(op: Optional[Operator] = None, wires=None) -> "SampleMP":
r"""Sample from the supplied observable, with the number of shots
determined from the ``dev.shots`` attribute of the corresponding device,
returning raw samples. If no observable is provided then basis state samples are returned
directly from the device.
Note that the output shape of this measurement process depends on the shots
specified on the device.
Args:
op (Observable or None): a quantum observable object
wires (Sequence[int] or int or None): the wires we wish to sample from; ONLY set wires if
op is ``None``
Returns:
SampleMP: Measurement process instance
Raises:
ValueError: Cannot set wires if an observable is provided
The samples are drawn from the eigenvalues :math:`\{\lambda_i\}` of the observable.
The probability of drawing eigenvalue :math:`\lambda_i` is given by
:math:`p(\lambda_i) = |\langle \xi_i | \psi \rangle|^2`, where :math:`| \xi_i \rangle`
is the corresponding basis state from the observable's eigenbasis.
**Example**
.. code-block:: python3
dev = qml.device("default.qubit", wires=2, shots=4)
@qml.qnode(dev)
def circuit(x):
qml.RX(x, wires=0)
qml.Hadamard(wires=1)
qml.CNOT(wires=[0, 1])
return qml.sample(qml.PauliY(0))
Executing this QNode:
>>> circuit(0.5)
array([ 1., 1., 1., -1.])
If no observable is provided, then the raw basis state samples obtained
from device are returned (e.g., for a qubit device, samples from the
computational device are returned). In this case, ``wires`` can be specified
so that sample results only include measurement results of the qubits of interest.
.. code-block:: python3
dev = qml.device("default.qubit", wires=2, shots=4)
@qml.qnode(dev)
def circuit(x):
qml.RX(x, wires=0)
qml.Hadamard(wires=1)
qml.CNOT(wires=[0, 1])
return qml.sample()
Executing this QNode:
>>> circuit(0.5)
array([[0, 1],
[0, 0],
[1, 1],
[0, 0]])
.. note::
QNodes that return samples cannot, in general, be differentiated, since the derivative
with respect to a sample --- a stochastic process --- is ill-defined. The one exception
is if the QNode uses the parameter-shift method (``diff_method="parameter-shift"``), in
which case ``qml.sample(obs)`` is interpreted as a single-shot expectation value of the
observable ``obs``.
"""
if op is not None and not op.is_hermitian: # None type is also allowed for op
warnings.warn(f"{op.name} might not be hermitian.")
if wires is not None:
if op is not None:
raise ValueError(
"Cannot specify the wires to sample if an observable is "
"provided. The wires to sample will be determined directly from the observable."
)
wires = Wires(wires)
return SampleMP(obs=op, wires=wires)
[docs]class SampleMP(SampleMeasurement):
"""Measurement process that returns the samples of a given observable. If no observable is
provided then basis state samples are returned directly from the device.
Please refer to :func:`sample` for detailed documentation.
Args:
obs (.Operator): The observable that is to be measured as part of the
measurement process. Not all measurement processes require observables (for
example ``Probability``); this argument is optional.
wires (.Wires): The wires the measurement process applies to.
This can only be specified if an observable was not provided.
eigvals (array): A flat array representing the eigenvalues of the measurement.
This can only be specified if an observable was not provided.
id (str): custom label given to a measurement instance, can be useful for some applications
where the instance has to be identified
"""
@property
def return_type(self):
return Sample
@property
@functools.lru_cache()
def numeric_type(self):
# Note: we only assume an integer numeric type if the observable is a
# built-in observable with integer eigenvalues or a tensor product thereof
if self.obs is None:
# Computational basis samples
return int
int_eigval_obs = {qml.PauliX, qml.PauliY, qml.PauliZ, qml.Hadamard, qml.Identity}
tensor_terms = self.obs.obs if hasattr(self.obs, "obs") else [self.obs]
every_term_standard = all(o.__class__ in int_eigval_obs for o in tensor_terms)
return int if every_term_standard else float
def _shape_legacy(self, device, shots):
if shots.total_shots is None:
raise MeasurementShapeError(
"Shots are required to obtain the shape of the measurement "
f"{self.__class__.__name__}."
)
if shots.has_partitioned_shots:
if self.obs is None:
# TODO: revisit when qml.sample without an observable fully
# supports shot vectors
raise MeasurementShapeError(
"Getting the output shape of a measurement returning samples along with "
"a device with a shot vector is not supported."
)
return tuple(
(s.shots,) * s.copies if s.shots != 1 else tuple() * s.copies
for s in shots.shot_vector
)
len_wires = len(self.wires) if len(self.wires) > 0 else len(device.wires)
return (1, shots.total_shots) if self.obs is not None else (1, shots.total_shots, len_wires)
[docs] def shape(self, device, shots):
if not qml.active_return():
return self._shape_legacy(device, shots)
if shots.total_shots is None:
raise MeasurementShapeError(
"Shots are required to obtain the shape of the measurement "
f"{self.__class__.__name__}."
)
len_wires = len(self.wires) if len(self.wires) > 0 else len(device.wires)
def _single_int_shape(shot_val, num_wires):
# singleton dimensions, whether in shot val or num_wires are squeezed away
inner_shape = []
if shot_val != 1:
inner_shape.append(shot_val)
if num_wires != 1:
inner_shape.append(num_wires)
return tuple(inner_shape)
if not shots.has_partitioned_shots:
return _single_int_shape(shots.total_shots, len_wires)
shape = []
for s in shots.shot_vector:
for _ in range(s.copies):
shape.append(_single_int_shape(s.shots, len_wires))
return tuple(shape)
[docs] def process_samples(
self,
samples: Sequence[complex],
wire_order: Wires,
shot_range: Tuple[int] = None,
bin_size: int = None,
):
wire_map = dict(zip(wire_order, range(len(wire_order))))
mapped_wires = [wire_map[w] for w in self.wires]
name = self.obs.name if self.obs is not None else None
# Select the samples from samples that correspond to ``shot_range`` if provided
if shot_range is not None:
# Indexing corresponds to: (potential broadcasting, shots, wires). Note that the last
# colon (:) is required because shots is the second-to-last axis and the
# Ellipsis (...) otherwise would take up broadcasting and shots axes.
samples = samples[..., slice(*shot_range), :]
if mapped_wires:
# if wires are provided, then we only return samples from those wires
samples = samples[..., mapped_wires]
num_wires = samples.shape[-1] # wires is the last dimension
if self.obs is None:
# if no observable was provided then return the raw samples
return samples if bin_size is None else samples.T.reshape(num_wires, bin_size, -1)
if name in {"PauliX", "PauliY", "PauliZ", "Hadamard"}:
# Process samples for observables with eigenvalues {1, -1}
samples = 1 - 2 * qml.math.squeeze(samples)
else:
# Replace the basis state in the computational basis with the correct eigenvalue.
# Extract only the columns of the basis samples required based on ``wires``.
powers_of_two = 2 ** qml.math.arange(num_wires)[::-1]
indices = samples @ powers_of_two
indices = qml.math.array(indices) # Add np.array here for Jax support.
try:
samples = self.obs.eigvals()[indices]
except qml.operation.EigvalsUndefinedError as e:
# if observable has no info on eigenvalues, we cannot return this measurement
raise qml.operation.EigvalsUndefinedError(
f"Cannot compute samples of {self.obs.name}."
) from e
return samples if bin_size is None else samples.reshape((bin_size, -1))
```

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