Block quantum qudit code whose error-syndrome weights increase linearly with the distance of the error state to the code space.
Measurement errors during decoding can yield the wrong syndrome outcome, which can cause error correction to fail even against correctable data errors. A single-shot code is a block quantum code admitting a fault-tolerant error-correcting protocol that does not "fail too badly" when faced with noisy syndrome measurements.
The property typically implies that a sufficiently large number of error-correction rounds will keep both (sufficiently low-weight) data and measurement errors bounded, as opposed to yielding eventually uncorrectable residual errors. The property is sufficient (but not necessary ) to reduce the number of error-correction rounds required for fault-tolerant error correction. The word "single" refers to the ability to decode well using syndrome data from only one measurement round, i.e., without using syndrome data from previous rounds.
In the loosest form of the single-shot property for qubit, modular qudit, or Galois qudit codes, given some data error \(e\), ideal data error syndrome \(s\), and measurement error \(m\), there exists an error-correction protocol that outputs a correction \(f\) such that the Hamming weight of the residual error \(e-f\) is polynomial in the weight of \(m\). Note that the stabilizer-reduced weight  of \(e\) is often used instead of the weight of \(e\), with the justification that many decoders are designed to obtain the minimum-weight error representative.
A related property is linear confinement, which states that low-weight errors cause low-weight syndromes. A code admits \((\gamma,\alpha)\) linear confinement if the (stabilizer-reduced) weight of the syndrome is proportional to the (stabilizer-reduced) weight of the data error (for data errors of weight less than \(\gamma\)) with proportionality constant \(\alpha\). Linear confinement is sufficient for being single shot against local stochastic noise, and more general notions of confinement are sufficient for being single shot against adversarial noise .
- Quantum expander code — Quantum expander codes are single-shot .
- Quantum Tanner code — Quantum Tanner codes facilitate single-shot decoding .
- Subsystem color code — The subsystem color code is a single-shot code .
- 3D subsystem surface code — The 3D subsystem surface code is a single-shot code [8,9]; see Ref.  for an alternative formulation.
- Self-correcting quantum code — The presence of an energy barrier (i.e., confinement) is sufficient for a code to be single shot, and is also conjectured to be necessary for a code to be a self-correcting memory.
- Quantum low-density parity-check (QLDPC) code — Qubit QLDPC codes satisfying linear confinement are single shot . Any code that admits a local greedy decoder also satisfies linear confinement, and so is single shot .
- Homological product code — It is conjectured that a particular class of codes called three-dimensional product codes is single shot .
- Qubit stabilizer code — Any stabilizer code can be single shot if sufficiently non-local high-weight stabilizer generators are used for syndrome measurements. These can be obtained with a Gaussian elimination procedure .
- Generalized bicycle (GB) code — A qubit GB code \([[n,k,d]]_2\) has \(k\) non-trivial relations between the syndrome bits, which is expected to help with operation in a fault-tolerant regime (in the presence of syndrome measurement errors). See Ref.  for many examples of such codes.
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