Variational quantum circuits for machine learning. An application for the detection of weak signals
Journal article, 2021

Quantum computing is a new paradigm for a multitude of computing applications. This study presents the technologies that are currently available for the physical implementation of qubits and quantum gates, establishing their main advantages and disadvantages and the available frameworks for programming and implementing quantum circuits. One of the main applications for quantum computing is the development of new algorithms for machine learning. In this study, an implementation of a quantum circuit based on support vector machines (SVMs) is described for the resolution of classification problems. This circuit is specially designed for the noisy intermediate‐scale quantum (NISQ) computers that are currently available. As an experiment, the circuit is tested on a real quantum computer based on superconducting qubits for an application to detect weak signals of the future. Weak signals are indicators of incipient changes that will have a future impact. Even for experts, the detection of these events is complicated since it is too early to predict this impact. The data obtained with the experiment shows promising results but also confirms that ongoing technological development is still required to take full advantage of quantum computing.

Quantum support vector machines

Variational quantum circuits

Machine learning

Quantum computing

Weak signals of the future


Israel Griol‐barres

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Sergio Milla

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Antonio Cebrián

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Yashar Mansoori

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Entrepreneurship and Strategy

José Millet

Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)

Applied Sciences (Switzerland)

20763417 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 14 6427

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Computer Science

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