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{calculations} is about calculations in (La)TeX documents. A popular package is calc although may other also exist (fp, pgf, and LaTeX3 packages).

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Sum of values spread across tables in document? (like in Word)

My document is structured as follows: * Bla bla bla Quantity | Item | Price per item | Total price ---------+----------+----------------+------------ 5 | Sandwich | 5.00 | ...
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Can I calculate a square or square root to include as coordinates in a tikz picture?

I am trying to draw the folding lines of a paper plane. This as a template for my kids to learn how to fold a paper plane. I came as far as: % based on ...
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Is there a better way to check divisibility in LaTeX?

I want to draw a trimmed ruler, for example, from 2.3cm to 3.9cm where the distance between two consecutive marks is 1mm. I have difficulty to efficiently check whether or not the counter is a ...
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Delayed expression evaluation giving wrong result

I have made my own lists. I want to refer to them outside the lists. If I do a calculation using counters at a certain point in my list hierarchy, say \alph{listcounter}, how do I freeze that result ...
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Numerical calculations using PSTricks

Assume I have defined a constant \valueA as \def\valueA{25 2 sqrt sqrt mul } I would like to devide this value by the square root of 2, so I tried \pstFPdiv\valueB{\valueA}{2 sqrt} but this is ...
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How to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in plain TeX?

I find many cases where I need to calculate many numbers, using adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing, but it would save much time if TeX could simply compute these for me. This is a sample ...
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Using multicolumn and multirow together with spreadtab

I tried this piece down \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage[inner=0.75in,outer=0.65in,top=0.75in,bottom=0.65in]{geometry} \usepackage{multirow} \usepackage{spreadtab} ...
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When I use this piece, \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{report} \usepackage[inner=0.75in,outer=0.65in,top=0.75in,bottom=0.65in]{geometry} \usepackage{multirow} \usepackage{spreadtab} \usepackage{url} ...
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Tikz: Scale coordinates perhaps using the calc package

I've drawn a rectangle like this: \draw[color=orange, fill=orange, opacity=0.1] (Q3term1) rectangle (Q3term2); and essentially, what I want is to do is stretch the rectangle by 10% horizontally and ...
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Lua calculation fails with a negative number

The macro runs except when the real b is negative. Why ? \documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article} \usepackage[upright]{fourier} \usepackage[no-math]{fontspec} \usepackage{luacode,luatextra,luaotfload} ...
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Using calc-like (calc Package) Commands within LaTeX3/expl3

In my pursue to switch as much as possible from LaTeX2e code to LaTeX3/expl3, I got stuck with the usage of some of the calc package facilities. I've read of the l3calc package, but it seems it is ...
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Use input inside a spreadtab environment with calculations

My aim is to create a command for inserting tables, which will format the table, and add calculations on its values, given a file containing the raw data of the rows only. ...
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dimexpr: multiplication with constant real factor from macro

I want to multiply a constant from a macro with a deimension using dimexpr. When using real numbers the decimal point and the decimal digits are typeset behind the result and the result is a ...
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Fixed Point Arithmetic: Why does the fp work sometimes but others it errors?

Why does fixed point arithmetic like to error on parts of the code that aren't doing any math? I am using the package to improve the calculation of some angles I have it printing out, but it is ...
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How to cherry pick from datatool DB and calculate totals

I have a CSV file with current prices/item. These prices are updated regularly. I have loaded a DB with datatool. I would like to use these prices to calculate totals according to quantities I have ...
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How can you make custom counter display types?

I'm a comp sci prof working on an exam for my students in LaTeX, using the exam class. I like to throw in a few in-jokes here and there. Unfortunately, the class breaks if you try to use 0-indexing on ...
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How can I draw tikz arrows on a calculated triangle?

I am going to need a lot of vector triangles and would like to do them with TikZ. My TikZ experience is close to not existing. Therefore I would like to ask you, if there is a possibility to draw ...
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TikZ: Make node height span several others

How can I make the Z node span the total height of the ABCD column? My current code is: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc,positioning} \begin{document} ...
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How to preserve lenghts to use with \includegraphics scaling, when calculating them with pgf

This question is related to my earlier question here: How to define a macro that uses image width and height to define a variable for later use . There you can find a full MWE of the problematic code. ...
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How to define a macro that uses image width and height to define a variable for later use

Ok, the title might be a bit cryptic and my question is a bit lengthy, so please bear with me. What I want to do is: I have two images with different aspect ratios that I want to place next to each ...
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Day of the year

I'm using the day of the year a lot in my documents and I wonder if I can have LaTex calculating it for me? Example: 2013178 where 2013 is (surprise) the current year (which I know could be achieved ...
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Autosum Table contents in LaTeX

I am trying to add the contents of a latex table, having something like this in mind: How can I automatically calculate sums in a LaTeX table? But this solution does not work for me... Is there any ...
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Integer operations on cross references [duplicate]

I would like to perform integer operations on a cross reference. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{etoolbox} \begin{document} hello \label{here} \ifnumequal{\pageref{here}}{1}{You are on the 1st ...
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Calculating coordinates with postscript [duplicate]

I want to calculate coordinates for some lines using pstricks. How can I do this? Example: I want something like (0.5*cos(45) + 8, 0.5*sin(45) + 8) and use coordinate pairs like this one to ...
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Rounding up decimal number using LaTeX 3

I would like to use LaTeX 3 to round up decimal numbers; I want something like the following: If I type \RoundingUpFunction{2.7} it should return 3 as output. Unfortunately, I haven't taken the ...
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Calculate numerical value for node text in TikZ

I am using a tikzpicture environment to draw a Temperature v composition plot. I do not have exact data so am only mimicking it. I am aware that I could/should use pgfplots but the issue could be ...
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What is the best practice for arithmetic operations specially for package/class writing?

There are some possibilities to execute arithmetic operations inside a package or class. TeX TeX supports \advance, \multiply or \divide to execute arithmetic operations. However the syntax is more ...
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Simple way to multiply two values

I have a macro to define the scale of my figures: \newcommand{\myscale}{0.35} Now I have a figure that needs to be scaled twice as big, so I tried to use something like this: \begin{figure}[hbt] ...
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Modulo calculation in PGFplots tick label

I am printing a diagram and want to use a_[0...3] as tick labels on the x-axis. Right now I have a[0...7] as labels and look for a way to print a[\tick mod 4] (i.e. a_0, a_1, a_2, a_3, a_0, a_1, a_2, ...
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Calculate prices

I want to calculate prices in a LaTex file. This means I want to add two numbers with exactly 2 decimal places and I want to multiply these values by an integer. An other thing is the output format. ...
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Golden ratio typography in TeX

Chris Pearson makes a number of claims in his article Secret Symphony: The Ultimate Guide to Readable Web Typography, which I find fascinating, and I would like to know: are the formulas he proposes ...
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Calc and \settocdepth break \tikzexternalize

This might well be the strangest TeX behaviour I've ever seen and that's saying a lot. The following really is a MWE as far as the header is concerned: \documentclass{memoir} \settocdepth{subsection} ...
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Right Angle Symbol Alignment with TikZ/Calc

I used a solution from @Jake from this post Insertion of Perpendicular Symbol at Intersection of Two Lines, but the alignment is not quite right. I have my suspicions why, but I don't understand the ...
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How to perform arithmetic within siunitx?

I often put comments in my documents to remind me where a number comes from: \SI{39.68}{\milli\metre} deep % 0.31 * 128 I'd like LaTeX to calculate the product by itself. I wrote a function to do ...
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Different Results for distance by sqrt and veclen

I'm trying a simple task of drawing a tangent to a circle. While I already succeded with the tangent cs option, I also want to use the library calc for the exact intersection points. I simply start ...
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How to subtract both very large numbers and numbers smaller than one?

In the context of Scientific Notation Only For Large Numbers have we been looking for a way to handle large numbers, as pgfmathparse can't cope with these. The only package we could find was ...
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Perform matrix operations (addition, product, transpose, etc.) in LaTeX?

I know the calc package can perform infix-notation arithmetic in LaTeX... but I want more! I'd like to perform (not necessarily infix-notation) linear-algebra operations such as scalar ...
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Computing value using pgfmath for use in coordinates?

Why can't I use the outcome of using pgfmath in a TikZ coordinate? Here is a (minimal) example that does not work: \documentclass[11pt]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} ...
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What is the most convenient way to do general-arithmetic calculations involving lengths?

I know LaTeX can store at least two types of numbers: Dimensionless quantities (i.e. 1, pi, etc.) and lengths (i.e. 1pt, \textwidth, etc.). Is there some convenient, general way to do calculations, ...
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How can I calculate the length of the longest word in a node?

I would like to create an inline brace command \inline{} for xelatex using TikZ. The difficult part is calculating the text width for the node without hardcoding it into the tikzpicture environment. ...
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Calculating the minimum height for a node based on the size of other nodes

Consider the following example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{calc} \usepackage{xcolor} \begin{document} \def\mydist{1mm} \begin{tikzpicture}[ mystyle/.style={ ...
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Adding constant to function (vspace) argument?

How can I get Latex to add a constant to a value as part of a \vspace argument? Here's my minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{calc} \begin{document} ab %\vspace{20mm+10mm} ...
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Floating Point multiplication in custom commands

I'd like to create a custom command which creates an underscore of a given length. However, this length should be the argument of the command multiplied be a floating point constant. How can I ...
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Automatic calculation of error in pgfplots

When taking in data through a file (such as table[x index=0, y index=1, y error index=2]{plots/mydata.table};) is it possible to automatically calculate the error bars (instead of putting them in ...
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Store a ratio value in command and then use it to recalculate a length?

I want to store a ratio value in a command, e.g. \newcommand{\ratio}{0.7}, and then use it in recalculating a length, e.g. \setlength{\somelength}{\ratio*\width}. Using lengths to store the ratio ...
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Generating pdf files that are “viewing-time” or current system-time dependent [closed]

The \FpEval{}{} function which can be used to do computations, and store the result in a variable, in latex. For details, kindly see How can I sum two values and store the result in other variable? . ...
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tikz label coordinates using mathematical expression from foreach variables

\documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \foreach \x [count=\xi from 1] in {-3.0,-2.8,...,1.8} \draw[thin] (0,0) ++(\x,2) rectangle ++(0.2, 0.2) ...
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sum two numbers in \ifnum

I would like to implement a command in LaTeX which would sum two numbers before comparing them to a third number as follows: \ifnum #1+45>0 above \else left \fi where #1 is an angle in ...
I had to do some calculations like: \node (A) {A}; \node (b) at (x,y) {B}; ((A) + (B))*2 However I could not figure out how to group it in a calc statement, I tried ($((A)+(B))*2$) and ...