the merge labels function
Now, so far virtually all of the operators have been literal operators. The only two non-literal operators I have used are "pick-elt" and "apply()".
Today, briefly mention merge-labels().
Does pretty much what it says:
sa: merge-labels(|a> + |b> + |c>)
ie, it merges the labels of the kets in the superposition into one ket.
Simple, but turns out to be relatively useful.
There is a hidden problem though!
Kets in superpositions add, so for example:
sa: merge-labels(|a> + |b> + |c> + |a> + |a>)
When you might legitimately expect |abcaa>.
We can't currently solve this, but I'm thinking of promoting merge-labels to a built in feature of the parser.
Maybe using _ to separate kets.
eg, something like:
sa: |a> _ |b> _ |c> _ |a> _ |a>
That would certainly be much cleaner than the current notation, and solve the superposition bug.
That's it for now. One use of merge-label() in the next post!
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by Garry Morrison
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