Minimax estimation of qubit states with Bures riskTools Acharya, Anirudh and Guţă, Mădălin (2018) Minimax estimation of qubit states with Bures risk. Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical, 51 (17). 175307/1175307/22. ISSN 17518121
AbstractThe central problem of quantum statistics is to devise measurement schemes for the estimation of an unknown state, given an ensemble of n independent identically prepared systems. For locally quadratic loss functions, the risk of standard procedures has the usual scaling of 1/n. However, it has been noticed that for fidelity based metrics such as the Bures distance, the risk of conventional (nonadaptive) qubit tomography schemes scales as 1/√n for states close to the boundary of the Bloch sphere. Several proposed estimators appear to improve this scaling, and our goal is to analyse the problem from the perspective of the maximum risk over all states.
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