Data-processing inequalities for quantum metrology

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Physical Review A - Atomic, Molecular, and Optical Physics, 2014, 90 (1)
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We apply the classical data-processing inequality to quantum metrology to show that manipulating the classical information from a quantum measurement cannot aid in the estimation of parameters encoded in quantum states. We further derive a quantum data-processing inequality to show that coherent manipulation of quantum data also cannot improve the precision in estimation. In addition, we comment on the assumptions necessary to arrive at these inequalities and how they might be avoided, providing insights into enhancement procedures which are not provably wrong. © 2014 American Physical Society.
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