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Dror Bar-Natan: Talks:

## Quantum Probability

### University of Toronto, October 2, 2003

This is http://www.math.toronto.edu/~drorbn/Talks/UofT-031002/ [index.html | QuantumProbability.pdf | QuantumProbability.nb]

We start by loading a necessary *Mathematica* package, by defininig the tensor product

of two matrices A and B and the 2×2 identity matrix

:

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Next we define the unit "probability vector" **v,**

and our observables ("random variables") and as tensor products of with some prescribed :

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We check that both and are (±1)-valued and have zero mean, hence both attain +1 and -1 with 50-50 chance:

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The 's and the 's commute, hence they have a joint distribution! Indeed,

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The 's and the 's are both (±1)-valued, so the probability that they are equal is the expectation value (mean) of :

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Finally, the following is stricktly impossible, classically speaking:

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See also N. D. Mermin, Physics Today 39(4) 38 (1985) and D. Bar-Natan, Foundations of Physics 19(1) 97 (1989).

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(October 1, 2003)