# algorithmic, arbitrary names for algorithms

The question is advanced version of my previous one. I need to name algorithms (package algorithmic) with arbitrary names so it appears like:

Algorithm MyAlgo


and \ref{...} will appear like MyAlgo.

Next code is (by cmhughes) puts A in front of a number:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{algorithm}
\usepackage{algpseudocode}
\renewcommand{\thealgorithm}{A\arabic{algorithm}}

\begin{document}

\begin{algorithm}
\caption{Euclid’s algorithm}
\label{alg:euclid}
\begin{algorithmic}[1]
\Procedure{Euclid}{$a,b$}\Comment{The g.c.d. of a and b}
\State $r\gets a\bmod b$
\While{$r\not=0$}\Comment{We have the answer if r is 0}
\State $a\gets b$
\State $b\gets r$
\State $r\gets a\bmod b$
\EndWhile\label{euclidendwhile}
\State \textbf{return} $b$\Comment{The gcd is b}
\EndProcedure
\end{algorithmic}
\end{algorithm}

Test reference: \ref{alg:euclid}

\end{document}


But how to do it for arbitrary algorithm name?

EDIT: Maybe I was unclear in my question. What I need is assigning to algorithms arbitrary names without numbering, so that \ref{...} will appear as name of the algorithm.

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Not sure I undestand: \renewcommand{\thealgorithm}{MyAlgo\arabic{algorithm}}? – Peter Grill Nov 15 '12 at 20:24
I don't understand it too but it works to make names like Algorithm A1 instead Algorithm 1 A1. Now I want to give arbitrary names to algorithms. – ashim Nov 15 '12 at 20:28

Is this what you want to achieve?

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{algorithm}
\usepackage{algpseudocode}

\newenvironment{varalgorithm}[1]
{\algorithm\renewcommand{\thealgorithm}{#1}}
{\endalgorithm}

\begin{document}

\begin{varalgorithm}{Euclid}
\caption{Euclid's algorithm}
\label{alg:euclid}
\begin{algorithmic}[1]
\Procedure{Euclid}{$a,b$}\Comment{The g.c.d. of a and b}
\State $r\gets a\bmod b$
\While{$r\not=0$}\Comment{We have the answer if r is 0}
\State $a\gets b$
\State $b\gets r$
\State $r\gets a\bmod b$
\EndWhile\label{euclidendwhile}
\State \textbf{return} $b$\Comment{The gcd is b}
\EndProcedure
\end{algorithmic}
\end{varalgorithm}

\begin{varalgorithm}{Ten}
\caption{Count to ten}\label{alg:ten}
\begin{algorithmic}
\State $x \gets 1$
\While{$x < 10$}
\State $x \gets x + 1$
\EndWhile
\end{algorithmic}
\end{varalgorithm}

Test reference: \ref{alg:euclid}

Test reference: \ref{alg:ten}

\end{document}


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