PauliTable.sort

PauliTable.sort(weight=False)[source]

Sort the rows of the table.

The default sort method is lexicographic sorting by qubit number. By using the weight kwarg the output can additionally be sorted by the number of non-identity terms in the Pauli, where the set of all Pauli’s of a given weight are still ordered lexicographically.

Example

Consider sorting all a random ordering of all 2-qubit Paulis

from numpy.random import shuffle
from qiskit.quantum_info.operators import PauliTable

# 2-qubit labels
labels = ['II', 'IX', 'IY', 'IZ', 'XI', 'XX', 'XY', 'XZ',
          'YI', 'YX', 'YY', 'YZ', 'ZI', 'ZX', 'ZY', 'ZZ']
# Shuffle Labels
shuffle(labels)
pt = PauliTable.from_labels(labels)
print('Initial Ordering')
print(pt)

# Lexicographic Ordering
srt = pt.sort()
print('Lexicographically sorted')
print(srt)

# Weight Ordering
srt = pt.sort(weight=True)
print('Weight sorted')
print(srt)
Initial Ordering
PauliTable: ['ZZ', 'YX', 'YY', 'ZI', 'XX', 'IY', 'IX', 'ZY', 'XY', 'YZ', 'YI', 'II', 'XI', 'ZX', 'XZ', 'IZ']
Lexicographically sorted
PauliTable: ['II', 'IX', 'IY', 'IZ', 'XI', 'XX', 'XY', 'XZ', 'YI', 'YX', 'YY', 'YZ', 'ZI', 'ZX', 'ZY', 'ZZ']
Weight sorted
PauliTable: ['II', 'IX', 'IY', 'IZ', 'XI', 'YI', 'ZI', 'XX', 'XY', 'XZ', 'YX', 'YY', 'YZ', 'ZX', 'ZY', 'ZZ']
Parameters

weight (bool) – optionally sort by weight if True (Default: False).

Returns

a sorted copy of the original table.

Return type

PauliTable