Summarizing the changes in represent

As the pending pull request gets closer to being merged, I thought it might be helpful to myself and others interested in the code if I summarized the changes that I have made to the code in represent.py. Hopefully people can use this post as a reference as they start digging into that portion of the code in reviewing the PR.

Represent has behavior to handle almost any kind of expression, from Add, TensorProduct, or Mul to the basic QExpr. Most of the more complicated types of expressions, like Add, recursively call represent on smaller atoms of the expression, hoping to ultimately get to a single QExpr, which is a sort of termination point in the recursion. The logic for handling a single QExpr is what I mainly modified in my work. Previously, the QExpr handling was a simple attempt to call expr._represent. Now, however, the following sequence occurs:

  • First, call get_basis. This function exists to unify different ways of calling represent. Whether represent is called with an operator or state class/instance as the basis in options, get_basis will examine this and try to return a state instance. At this point, the replace_none option is set to False. This is in place because represent_default_basis will only be called from expr._represent if there is no basis specified. Since the basis that get_basis returns may not be the one called by represent_default_basis, we want to make sure that if the basis in options is None, represent_default_basis gets called.
  • After setting the basis appropriately, call expr._represent. If this is successful, return the result
  • If a NotImplementedError (NIE) is raised, we set the replace_none option to True so that any future calls to get_basis will actually fill a basis into the options. At this point, any attempted call to represent_default_basis has failed, so we should now try representing in a basis state that we know.
  • If the passed QExpr is a Ket or Bra, we then call rep_innerproduct, which will return an innerproduct (<x’|x>) type representation for the given Ket
  • If the passed QExpr is an Operator, we call rep_expectation, which will return an expectation value like representation (<x’ | A | x>) for the given Operator

In addition to QExpr handling, there were some additions to the processing of Muls. Originally, represent is called on each arg of the Mul individually. While this still happens, there is code added to keep track of the unities that have been inserted and the current index that should be being appended to dummy kets. Details of where the unities are inserted are in this previous blog post.

Finally, before the result is returned, integrate_result is now called as well. If the expression passed to it is an Expr (presumably a continuous result), then it integrates over any unities (e.g. |x_1><x_1|) which were inserted into the quantum expression. This collapses some of the Delta functions that were originally in the expression.

To see the latest represent, check out the version in my branch here

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  1. You should backport this to some documentation.

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