# StateFn

`qiskit.opflow.state_fns.StateFn(primitive=None, coeff=1.0, is_measurement=False)`

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Bases: `OperatorBase`

Deprecated: A class for representing state functions and measurements.

State functions are defined to be complex functions over a single binary string (as compared to an operator, which is defined as a function over two binary strings, or a function taking a binary function to another binary function). This function may be called by the eval() method.

Measurements are defined to be functionals over StateFns, taking them to real values. Generally, this real value is interpreted to represent the probability of some classical state (binary string) being observed from a probabilistic or quantum system represented by a StateFn. This leads to the equivalent definition, which is that a measurement m is a function over binary strings producing StateFns, such that the probability of measuring a given binary string b from a system with StateFn f is equal to the inner product between f and m(b).

NOTE: State functions here are not restricted to wave functions, as there is no requirement of normalization.

The class `qiskit.opflow.state_fns.state_fn.StateFn`

is deprecated as of qiskit-terra 0.24.0. It will be removed in the Qiskit 1.0 release. For code migration guidelines, visit https://qisk.it/opflow_migration(opens in a new tab).

**Parameters**

**primitive**(*str*(opens in a new tab)*|**dict*(opens in a new tab)*|**Result**|**list*(opens in a new tab)*|**ndarray*(opens in a new tab)*|**Statevector**|**QuantumCircuit**|**Instruction**|**OperatorBase*) – The primitive which defines the behavior of the underlying State function.**coeff**(*complex*(opens in a new tab)*|**ParameterExpression*) – A coefficient by which the state function is multiplied.**is_measurement**(*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – Whether the StateFn is a measurement operator

**Return type**

## Attributes

### INDENTATION

`= ' '`

### coeff

A coefficient by which the state function is multiplied.

### instance_id

Return the unique instance id.

### is_measurement

Whether the StateFn object is a measurement Operator.

### num_qubits

### parameters

### primitive

The primitive which defines the behavior of the underlying State function.

### settings

Return settings.

## Methods

### add

`add(other)`

Return Operator addition of self and other, overloaded by `+`

.

**Parameters**

**other** (*OperatorBase*) – An `OperatorBase`

with the same number of qubits as self, and in the same ‘Operator’, ‘State function’, or ‘Measurement’ category as self (i.e. the same type of underlying function).

**Returns**

An `OperatorBase`

equivalent to the sum of self and other.

**Return type**

### adjoint

`adjoint()`

Return a new Operator equal to the Operator’s adjoint (conjugate transpose), overloaded by `~`

. For StateFns, this also turns the StateFn into a measurement.

**Returns**

An `OperatorBase`

equivalent to the adjoint of self.

**Return type**

### assign_parameters

`assign_parameters(param_dict)`

Binds scalar values to any Terra `Parameters`

in the coefficients or primitives of the Operator, or substitutes one `Parameter`

for another. This method differs from Terra’s `assign_parameters`

in that it also supports lists of values to assign for a give `Parameter`

, in which case self will be copied for each parameterization in the binding list(s), and all the copies will be returned in an `OpList`

. If lists of parameterizations are used, every `Parameter`

in the param_dict must have the same length list of parameterizations.

**Parameters**

**param_dict** (*dict*(opens in a new tab)) – The dictionary of `Parameters`

to replace, and values or lists of values by which to replace them.

**Returns**

The `OperatorBase`

with the `Parameters`

in self replaced by the values or `Parameters`

in param_dict. If param_dict contains parameterization lists, this `OperatorBase`

is an `OpList`

.

**Return type**

### compose

`compose(other, permutation=None, front=False)`

Composition (Linear algebra-style: A@B(x) = A(B(x))) is not well defined for states in the binary function model, but is well defined for measurements.

**Parameters**

**other**(*OperatorBase*) – The Operator to compose with self.**permutation**(*List*(opens in a new tab)*[**int*(opens in a new tab)*] | None*) –`List[int]`

which defines permutation on other operator.**front**(*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – If front==True, return`other.compose(self)`

.

**Returns**

An Operator equivalent to the function composition of self and other.

**Raises**

**ValueError**(opens in a new tab) – If self is not a measurement, it cannot be composed from the right.

**Return type**

### equals

`equals(other)`

Evaluate Equality between Operators, overloaded by `==`

. Only returns True if self and other are of the same representation (e.g. a DictStateFn and CircuitStateFn will never be equal, even if their vector representations are equal), their underlying primitives are equal (this means for ListOps, OperatorStateFns, or EvolvedOps the equality is evaluated recursively downwards), and their coefficients are equal.

**Parameters**

**other** (*OperatorBase*) – The `OperatorBase`

to compare to self.

**Returns**

A bool equal to the equality of self and other.

**Return type**

### eval

`eval(front=None)`

Evaluate the Operator’s underlying function, either on a binary string or another Operator. A square binary Operator can be defined as a function taking a binary function to another binary function. This method returns the value of that function for a given StateFn or binary string. For example, `op.eval('0110').eval('1110')`

can be seen as querying the Operator’s matrix representation by row 6 and column 14, and will return the complex value at those “indices.” Similarly for a StateFn, `op.eval('1011')`

will return the complex value at row 11 of the vector representation of the StateFn, as all StateFns are defined to be evaluated from Zero implicitly (i.e. it is as if `.eval('0000')`

is already called implicitly to always “indexing” from column 0).

If `front`

is None, the matrix-representation of the operator is returned.

**Parameters**

**front** (*str*(opens in a new tab) *|**Dict*(opens in a new tab)*[**str*(opens in a new tab)*,* *complex*(opens in a new tab)*] |* *ndarray*(opens in a new tab) *|**OperatorBase* *|**Statevector* *| None*) – The bitstring, dict of bitstrings (with values being coefficients), or StateFn to evaluated by the Operator’s underlying function, or None.

**Returns**

The output of the Operator’s evaluation function. If self is a `StateFn`

, the result is a float or complex. If self is an Operator (`PrimitiveOp, ComposedOp, SummedOp, EvolvedOp,`

etc.), the result is a StateFn. If `front`

is None, the matrix-representation of the operator is returned, which is a `MatrixOp`

for the operators and a `VectorStateFn`

for state-functions. If either self or front contain proper `ListOps`

(not ListOp subclasses), the result is an n-dimensional list of complex or StateFn results, resulting from the recursive evaluation by each OperatorBase in the ListOps.

**Return type**

### mul

`mul(scalar)`

Returns the scalar multiplication of the Operator, overloaded by `*`

, including support for Terra’s `Parameters`

, which can be bound to values later (via `bind_parameters`

).

**Parameters**

**scalar** (*complex*(opens in a new tab) *|**ParameterExpression*) – The real or complex scalar by which to multiply the Operator, or the `ParameterExpression`

to serve as a placeholder for a scalar factor.

**Returns**

An `OperatorBase`

equivalent to product of self and scalar.

**Return type**

### permute

`permute(permutation)`

Permute the qubits of the state function.

**Parameters**

**permutation** (*List*(opens in a new tab)*[**int*(opens in a new tab)*]*) – A list defining where each qubit should be permuted. The qubit at index j of the circuit should be permuted to position permutation[j].

**Returns**

A new StateFn containing the permuted primitive.

**Return type**

### power

`power(exponent)`

Compose with Self Multiple Times, undefined for StateFns.

**Parameters**

**exponent** (*int*(opens in a new tab)) – The number of times to compose self with self.

**Raises**

**ValueError**(opens in a new tab) – This function is not defined for StateFns.

**Return type**

### primitive_strings

`primitive_strings()`

Return a set of strings describing the primitives contained in the Operator. For example, `{'QuantumCircuit', 'Pauli'}`

. For hierarchical Operators, such as `ListOps`

, this can help illuminate the primitives represented in the various recursive levels, and therefore which conversions can be applied.

**Returns**

A set of strings describing the primitives contained within the Operator.

**Return type**

### reduce

`reduce()`

Try collapsing the Operator structure, usually after some type of conversion, e.g. trying to add Operators in a SummedOp or delete needless IGates in a CircuitOp. If no reduction is available, just returns self.

**Returns**

The reduced `OperatorBase`

.

**Return type**

### sample

`sample(shots=1024, massive=False, reverse_endianness=False)`

Sample the state function as a normalized probability distribution. Returns dict of bitstrings in order of probability, with values being probability.

**Parameters**

**shots**(*int*(opens in a new tab)) – The number of samples to take to approximate the State function.**massive**(*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – Whether to allow large conversions, e.g. creating a matrix representing over 16 qubits.**reverse_endianness**(*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – Whether to reverse the endianness of the bitstrings in the return dict to match Terra’s big-endianness.

**Returns**

A dict containing pairs sampled strings from the State function and sampling frequency divided by shots.

**Return type**

*Dict*(opens in a new tab)[str(opens in a new tab), float(opens in a new tab)]

### tensor

`tensor(other)`

Return tensor product between self and other, overloaded by `^`

. Note: You must be conscious of Qiskit’s big-endian bit printing convention. Meaning, Plus.tensor(Zero) produces a |+⟩ on qubit 0 and a |0⟩ on qubit 1, or |+⟩⨂|0⟩, but would produce a QuantumCircuit like

|0⟩– |+⟩–

Because Terra prints circuits and results with qubit 0 at the end of the string or circuit.

**Parameters**

**other** (*OperatorBase*) – The `OperatorBase`

to tensor product with self.

**Returns**

An `OperatorBase`

equivalent to the tensor product of self and other.

**Return type**

### tensorpower

`tensorpower(other)`

Return tensor product with self multiple times, overloaded by `^`

.

**Parameters**

**other** (*int*(opens in a new tab)) – The int number of times to tensor product self with itself via `tensorpower`

.

**Returns**

An `OperatorBase`

equivalent to the tensorpower of self by other.

**Return type**

### to_circuit_op

`to_circuit_op()`

### to_density_matrix

`to_density_matrix(massive=False)`

Return matrix representing product of StateFn evaluated on pairs of basis states. Overridden by child classes.

**Parameters**

**massive** (*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – Whether to allow large conversions, e.g. creating a matrix representing over 16 qubits.

**Returns**

The NumPy array representing the density matrix of the State function.

**Raises**

**ValueError**(opens in a new tab) – If massive is set to False, and exponentially large computation is needed.

**Return type**

### to_matrix

`to_matrix(massive=False)`

Return NumPy representation of the Operator. Represents the evaluation of the Operator’s underlying function on every combination of basis binary strings. Warn if more than 16 qubits to force having to set `massive=True`

if such a large vector is desired.

**Returns**

The NumPy `ndarray`

equivalent to this Operator.

**Return type**

### to_matrix_op

`to_matrix_op(massive=False)`

Return a `VectorStateFn`

for this `StateFn`

.

**Parameters**

**massive** (*bool*(opens in a new tab)) – Whether to allow large conversions, e.g. creating a matrix representing over 16 qubits.

**Returns**

A VectorStateFn equivalent to self.

**Return type**

### traverse

`traverse(convert_fn, coeff=None)`

Apply the convert_fn to the internal primitive if the primitive is an Operator (as in the case of `OperatorStateFn`

). Otherwise do nothing. Used by converters.

**Parameters**

**convert_fn**(*Callable*(opens in a new tab)) – The function to apply to the internal OperatorBase.**coeff**(*complex*(opens in a new tab)*|**ParameterExpression**| None*) – A coefficient to multiply by after applying convert_fn. If it is None, self.coeff is used instead.

**Returns**

The converted StateFn.

**Return type**