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The attached .Rnw-code produces two similar slides, but with different texts and different arrow positions. I wrote both slides manually, but because I need to produce hundreds of similar slides, I would prefer to write only one type-slide, and use variable-names that relate to the R-table to draw the slides. One slide per row in the R-table. How can this be done?

Update: Tom Bombadil gave a much better example (I replaced my original with it). It is correct, with the addition that the source of the numbers and arrow positions come from an R-script. Here is the modified version.

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes}

\begin{document}

% Here are the numbers and coordinates that should be different on each slide (one row per slide).
<<input, echo=FALSE>>=
#input.data <- rbind(c(1, 1234, 1965, 3, 4),
#c(2, 5678, 1974, 7, 4))
#colnames(input.data) <- c("SlideNr", "LeftNr", "RightNr", "ArrowPos1", "ArrowPos2")
@

\begin{frame}
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \draw (0,0) rectangle (10,4);
        \node[above right] at (0,0) {1234};
        \node[above left] at (10,0) {1965};
        \node[single arrow,shape border rotate=90,fill=white,below,draw] at (3,4) {1.};   
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{frame}

\begin{frame}
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \draw (0,0) rectangle (10,4);
        \node[above right] at (0,0) {5678};
        \node[above left] at (10,0) {1974};
        \node[single arrow,shape border rotate=90,fill=white,below,draw] at (7,4) {2.};   
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

How can one "link" a field in a table from R with a text or number in the Tikz?

Update 2. Thanks to Tom's response and comments I realized I can do the formatting in R instead. If I create this file (intext1.tex) in R (paste("\def\x{",variable,"}",sep="")):

\def\x{1234}
\def\z{3}

and intext2.tex

\def\x{4321}
\def\z{7}

...then I can do this in LaTex:

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes}

\begin{document}


\foreach \n in {1,...,2} {
\input{intext\n.tex}
\begin{frame}
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \draw (0,0) rectangle (10,4);
        \node[above right] at (0,0) {\x};
        \node[above left] at (10,0) {1965};
        \node[single arrow,shape border rotate=90,fill=white,below,draw] at (\z,4) {1.};   
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{frame}
}
\end{document}
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It is not obvious where you plug in the data in your drawings. Could you add TeX comments to the relevant places, please? –  krlmlr Oct 18 '12 at 22:56
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Try to keep your code minimal please. Instead of a lot of stuff, boil it down to e.g. drawing a circle and some arrows at different positions. Remember, this site is not about solving your specific problem, but any future visitors problem which has the same underlaying cause. –  Tom Bombadil Oct 18 '12 at 23:18
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Is the given R output the only available, or can you influence it inside R? For instance, neither @ nor # are good ideas in LaTeX. Would it be possible to give it column wise, like e.g. ("SlideNr",1,2) ("LeftNr",1234,5678) and so on? Even ``bonusier´´ it would be if the colnames were just letters, no numbers or other stuff, then one could use them for defining commands from them. –  Tom Bombadil Oct 19 '12 at 16:08
    
Yes, this is it. Got it. See my update 2. –  Chris Oct 19 '12 at 20:58

1 Answer 1

Are you looking for something like this?

Code

\documentclass{beamer}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{shapes}

\begin{document}

\begin{frame}
    \begin{tikzpicture}
        \draw (0,0) rectangle (10,4);
        \node[above right] at (0,0) {\only<1>{1234}\only<2>{5678}};
        \node[above left] at (10,0) {\only<1>{1965}\only<2>{1974}};
        \only<1>{\node[single arrow,shape border rotate=90,fill=white,below,draw] at (3,4) {1.};
            } 
        \only<2>{\node[single arrow,shape border rotate=90,fill=white,below,draw] at (7,4) {2.};
            }   
    \end{tikzpicture}
\end{frame}

\end{document}

Output

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