# Quantum Optimization Heuristics with an Application to Knapsack Problems

@article{Dam2021QuantumOH, title={Quantum Optimization Heuristics with an Application to Knapsack Problems}, author={Wim van Dam and Karim M. El Defrawy and Nicholas Genise and Natalie Parham}, journal={2021 IEEE International Conference on Quantum Computing and Engineering (QCE)}, year={2021}, pages={160-170} }

This paper introduces two techniques that make the standard Quantum Approximate Optimization Algorithm (QAOA) more suitable for constrained optimization problems. The first technique describes how to use the outcome of a prior greedy classical algorithm to define an initial quantum state and mixing operation to adjust the quantum optimization algorithm to explore the possible answers around this initial greedy solution. The second technique is used to nudge the quantum exploration to avoid the…

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