I'm working on a paper which will include several tables from a book. I would like to keep the same table numbers as in the book, it makes it easier for people reading the paper in this case. They'll know what table 8.2 is.
Is it possible to force specific numbers to tables? I initially thought of removing tables numbers altogether (I suppose it's possible but haven't checked), but this is not the best solution as I still need to reference the tables in the text.
The tables in the book are not necessarily sequential, so I need to force numbers such as 8.2, 8.5 and 10.1. As a secondary question, the m.n format for the table numbers is not just a mere example: this is how the table numbers are in this case. Is it possible to force tables like this?
If the above are not possible I'll the normal automatic table numbering and use footnotes to reference the original tables, but I hope there's a more straightforward solution.