Clinical data classification with noisy intermediate scale quantum computers

S. Moradi, C. Brandner, C. Spielvogel, D. Krajnc, S. Hillmich, R. Wille, W. Drexler, L. Papp

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Quantum machine learning has experienced significant progress in both software and hardware development in the recent years and has emerged as an applicable area of near-term quantum computers. In this work, we investigate the feasibility of utilizing quantum machine learning (QML) on real clinical datasets. We propose two QML algorithms for data classification on IBM quantum hardware: a quantum distance classifier (qDS) and a simplified quantum-kernel support vector machine (sqKSVM). We utilize these different methods using the linear time quantum data encoding technique (log 2N) for embedding classical data into quantum states and estimating the inner product on the 15-qubit IBMQ Melbourne quantum computer. We match the predictive performance of our QML approaches with prior QML methods and with their classical counterpart algorithms for three open-access clinical datasets. Our results imply that the qDS in small sample and feature count datasets outperforms kernel-based methods. In contrast, quantum kernel approaches outperform qDS in high sample and feature count datasets. We demonstrate that the log 2N encoding increases predictive performance with up to + 2% area under the receiver operator characteristics curve across all quantum machine learning approaches, thus, making it ideal for machine learning tasks executed in Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum computers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1851
JournalScientific Reports
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022
Externally publishedYes


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