cirq.inverse(val: Any, default: Any = ([], )) → Any[source]

Returns the inverse val**-1 of the given value, if defined.

An object can define an inverse by defining a pow(self, exponent) method
that returns something besides NotImplemented when given the exponent -1.
The inverse of iterables is by default defined to be the iterable’s items,
each inverted, in reverse order.
  • val – The value (or iterable of invertible values) to invert.
  • default – Determines the fallback behavior when val doesn’t have an inverse defined. If default is not set, a TypeError is raised. If default is set to a value, that value is returned.

If val has a __pow__ method that returns something besides NotImplemented when given an exponent of -1, that result is returned. Otherwise, if val is iterable, the result is a tuple with the same items as val but in reverse order and with each item inverted. Otherwise, if a default argument was specified, it is returned.


TypeErrorval doesn’t have a __pow__ method, or that method returned NotImplemented when given -1. Furthermore val isn’t an iterable containing invertible items. Also, no default argument was specified.