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class qiskit.algorithms.MinimumEigensolver

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Deprecated: Minimum Eigensolver Interface.

The Minimum Eigensolver interface has been superseded by the qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers.MinimumEigensolver interface. This interface will be deprecated in a future release and subsequently removed after that.

Algorithms that can compute a minimum eigenvalue for an operator may implement this interface to allow different algorithms to be used interchangeably.

Deprecated since version 0.24.0

The class qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigen_solvers.minimum_eigen_solver.MinimumEigensolver is deprecated as of qiskit-terra 0.24.0. It will be removed no earlier than 3 months after the release date. Instead, use the interface qiskit.algorithms.minimum_eigensolvers.MinimumEigensolver. See in a new tab) for a migration guide.



abstract compute_minimum_eigenvalue(operator, aux_operators=None)

Computes minimum eigenvalue. Operator and aux_operators can be supplied here and if not None will override any already set into algorithm so it can be reused with different operators. While an operator is required by algorithms, aux_operators are optional. To ‘remove’ a previous aux_operators array use an empty list here.


  • operator (OperatorBase) – Qubit operator of the Observable
  • aux_operators (ListOrDict[OperatorBase] | None) – Optional list of auxiliary operators to be evaluated with the eigenstate of the minimum eigenvalue main result and their expectation values returned. For instance in chemistry these can be dipole operators, total particle count operators so we can get values for these at the ground state.



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classmethod supports_aux_operators()

Whether computing the expectation value of auxiliary operators is supported.

If the minimum eigensolver computes an eigenstate of the main operator then it can compute the expectation value of the aux_operators for that state. Otherwise they will be ignored.


True if aux_operator expectations can be evaluated, False otherwise

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