Bounded-error quantum state identification and exponential separations in communication complexity

Dmitry Gavinsky, Julia Kempe, Oded Regev, Ronald De Wolf

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Abstract

We consider the following problem of bounded-error quantum state identification: Given either state a0 or state a1, we are required to output "0", "1", or "?" ("don't know"), such that conditioned on outputting "0" or "1", our guess is correct with high probability. The goal is to maximize the probability of not outputting "?". We prove the following direct product theorem: If we are given two such problems, with optimal probabilities a and b, respectively, and the states in the first problem are pure, then the optimal probability for the joint bounded-error state identification problem is O(ab). Our proof is based on semidefinite programming duality. Using this result, we present two exponential separations in the simultaneous message passing model of communication complexity. First, we describe a relation that can be computed with O(log n) classical bits of communication in the presence of shared randomness, but needs Ω(n1/3) communication if the parties don't share randomness, even if communication is quantum. This shows the optimality of Yao's recent exponential simulation of shared-randomness protocols by quantum protocols without shared randomness. Combined with an earlier separation in the other direction due to Bar-Yossef, Jayram, and Kerenidis, this shows that the quantum simultaneous message passing (SMP) model is incomparable with the classical shared-randomness SMP model. Second, we describe a relation that can be computed with O(log n) classical bits of communication in the presence of shared entanglement, but needs Ω((n/log n)1/3) communication if the parties share randomness but no entanglement, even if communication is quantum. This is the first example in communication complexity of a situation where entanglement buys much more than quantum communication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-24
Number of pages24
JournalSIAM Journal on Computing
Volume39
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2009

Keywords

  • Communication complexity
  • Duality
  • Entanglement
  • Exponential separations
  • Quantum communication
  • Semidefinite programs
  • State identification

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)

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