Learning DNF over the Uniform Distribution Using a Quantum Example Oracle

Authors: Nader H. Bshouty and Jeffrey C. Jackson

Source: SIAM Journal on Computing Vol. 28, No. 3, 1999, 1136-1153.

Abstract. We generalize the notion of probably approximately correct (PAC) learning from an example oracle to a notion of efficient learning on a quantum computer using a quantum example oracle. This quantum example oracle is a natural extension of the traditional PAC example oracle, and it immediately follows that all PAC-learnable function classes are learnable in the quantum model. Furthermore, we obtain positive quantum learning results for classes that are not known to be PAC learnable. Specifically, we show that disjunctive normal form (DNF) is efficiently learnable with respect to the uniform distribution by a quantum algorithm using a quantum example oracle. While it was already known that DNF is uniform-learnable using a membership oracle, we prove that a quantum example oracle with respect to uniform is less powerful than a membership oracle.

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