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Application of quantum computing to a linear non-Gaussian acyclic model for novel medical knowledge discovery

arXiv.org Artificial Intelligence

Recently, with the digitalization of medicine, the utilization of real-world medical data collected from clinical sites has been attracting attention. In this study, quantum computing was applied to a linear non-Gaussian acyclic model to discover causal relationships from real-world medical data alone. Specifically, the independence measure of DirectLiNGAM, a causal discovery algorithm, was calculated using the quantum kernel and its accuracy on real-world medical data was verified. When DirectLiNGAM with the quantum kernel (qLiNGAM) was applied to real-world medical data, a case was confirmed in which the causal structure could be correctly estimated when the amount of data was small, which was not possible with existing methods. It is suggested that qLiNGAM may be able to discover new medical knowledge and contribute to the solution of medical problems, even when only a small amount of data is available.