Quantum Bayesian Networks

October 1, 2009

Bioinformatics and Quantum Computing

Filed under: Uncategorized — rrtucci @ 3:46 pm

Check out
“Your Chance to get Seriously Wealthy from the Next Wave of Computational Biology”
Penny Sleuth, Aug 28th, 2009, by Patrick Cox

An excerpt:

As more powerful computing comes online, the pace of bioinformatics discovery will accelerate. Quantum computing, because it is particularly suited to sorting out cell biology, will enable a “quantum” leap in understanding.

I totally agree with Mr. Cox’s prediction. We live in an era of large data sets. These large data sets beg analysis by parallel processors, using the tools of Probability and Statistics. Quantum computers, because of their intrinsically parallel processing and probabilistic nature, are ideally suited to meet this challenge. One specific way in which quantum computers can benefit bioinformatics: A commonly used tool in bioinformatics is MCMC (Markov Chain Monte Carlo). Methods are already known (this is not a pipe dream) for doing MCMC on a quantum computer, much faster than on a classical computer. (I will discuss this in more detail in my next post, entitled “Quantum Computerization of MCMC”). So using a QC will help bioinformaticists do their job more quickly.

Further reading for the bioinformatically challenged (like me):

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