Learning Hidden Quantum Markov Models


Siddarth Srinivasan, Geoff Gordon, Byron Boots ;
Proceedings of the Twenty-First International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Statistics, PMLR 84:1979-1987, 2018.


Hidden Quantum Markov Models (HQMMs) can be thought of as quantum probabilistic graphical models that can model sequential data. We extend previous work on HQMMs with three contributions: (1) we show how classical hidden Markov models (HMMs) can be simulated on a quantum circuit, (2) we reformulate HQMMs by relaxing the constraints for modeling HMMs on quantum circuits, and (3) we present a learning algorithm to estimate the parameters of an HQMM from data. While our algorithm requires further optimization to handle larger datasets, we are able to evaluate our algorithm using several synthetic datasets generated by valid HQMMs. We show that our algorithm learns HQMMs with the same number of hidden states and predictive accuracy as the HQMMs that generated the data, while HMMs learned with the Baum-Welch algorithm require more states to match the predictive accuracy.

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