# The implication of anti-commutation relations in quantum mechanics

All the textbooks I saw are very clear about the implications of commutating operators in quantum mechanics. However, much less is said about anti-commutation relations. Does it have a general implication if two operators anti-commutate?

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For fermionic operators to anticommute is equally natural and "classical" as for bosonic ones to commute. If you construct an actual number as a product of an even number of fermionic operators, this number will indeed commute with other numbers if the factors commute or anticommute. In fact, with some contrived (and not canonical) redefinitions of signs, anticommuting operators may be converted to commuting ones. It's just much more natural to use anticommuting numbers for fermions. –  Luboš Motl Dec 15 '11 at 6:35