{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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How can I define a mathematical function as a LaTeX macro?

I am attempting to create a usable function within LaTeX such that its inputs are transformed mathematically. However, I cannot find any documentation that can perform such mathematical function ...
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Get width of a given text as length

Is there a TeX command that returns the width of a given text as length value, so that I can use the result directly as a length argument of another command? I mean, I would like to have a command ...
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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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Can LaTeX perform calculation like Excel formula table?

I wonder if this feature is available in TeX system? For example, given a formula within a table, it can apply the formula and display data after the calculation.
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How can I automatically calculate sums in a LaTeX table?

Sometimes I would like LaTeX to automatically calculate sums (or other simple arithmetic) for me, eg. in a table. I would like to ensure that when I update the table, I don't accidentally forget to ...
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How do I calculate n modulo 3 in LaTeX?

I don't want to display the modulo symbol, I want to programmatically calculate n modulo 3 and display the result.
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How to use \pageref{foo} as a number?

What I want to do is to show a "progress bar" in the header to show how far you are in the document, by making a rule with width pagenumber divided by total pages times the paper width. This is what ...
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duodecimal page number

I would like to have page numbers in my document written in base 12. Here's an MWE \documentclass[12pt]{article} \usepackage[paperheight=1.8in, textheight=0.8in]{geometry} ...
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How can I sum two values and store the result in other variable?

In LaTeX2e,how can I sum two values and assign them to other variable? I want to compute something like: var=\textwidth - 1cm And if both were constants: var=1+1
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Date calculations

I'm building a LaTeX document that helps me to formulate quotations for my customers. Since I decided to offer monthly recurring payments I'd like to have payment dates calculated automatically ...
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Get derivative of a function

I want to write a macro, which takes a mathematical function as argument and returns a plot using pgfplots of the function and of its derivative. I guess that this isn't possible using just LaTeX; ...
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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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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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Using \fontdimen as an array to store data

Reading through pi.tex, I discovered the trick of using \fontdimen as an array of dimensions (which is equivalent to storing integers between ±(2^31-1)sp). Namely, \font\x=cmr10 at 1sp % or whatever ...
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Floating point calculations in LaTeX?

I am looking for a method to do minimal floating point / integer calculations in LaTeX, not for the purpose of package writing, but for the production of actual text. Here is an example to ...
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Automated age calculation

How can I calculate my age at compile-time in LaTeX? Something like: I'm \myage{day}{month}{year} years old. would be most awesome.
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Checking if a number is a multiple of 4

Using etoolbox, ifthen, or another form of conditional checking, how can I check if a value is a multiple of 4? E.g. if the number is 4, 8, 12, 16, etc., then it returns "true".
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Extract first & last characters of macro argument?

In LaTeX, how do I extract/isolate/determine the first and last characters of a macro argument? Specifically, in the case I'm dealing with, the argument happens to be a base-10 integer (call it N). ...
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Doing maths with distance values in LaTeX source code

I have a sty file with the command \newcommand{\foo}[1]{\noindent\kern#1} but I'd actually like to have something like \newcommand{\foo}[1]{\noindent\kern{#1 *0.5}} meaning that I'd like to have ...
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How can I convert units in LaTeX environment?

Example: \usepackage{siunitx} \newcommand{\temperature}[1]{\SI{#1}{\celsius}} \temperature{100} output: 100°C I would like something like: \newcommand{\temperature}[1]{\SI{#1+273}{\kelvin} ...
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Problems with TikZ calculations

When can I use functions and do calculations in TikZ? How do I make this work: \draw (0,0) arc(0:90:sqrt(15)); %not ok why is this working: \draw (0,0) arc(0:asin(1):5); %ok with ...
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References for \dimexpr \numexpr

I'm not really sure whether this is the right place to ask this question, but here I go.... Over the holiday I've been taking time to read through a lot of the Q&A here. I've been running across ...
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Handling different time zones

I'm looking for a way to handle date/times with different time zones. For example in svn-multi and filemod a date and time with a timezone is returned. I like to be able to compare times in different ...
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Setting TikZ curve control points and preserve area of closed curve

I would like to reproduce the shown periodic table, with more correct areas. http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/relative_abundance.jpg I would appreciate any ideas to how this can be ...
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square root of number in counter

I would like to get the square root of a number which I have stored into a counter. I have been using the calc package for summation and multiplication operations, but I cannot find anything like ...
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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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PGF math engine imprecise?

The command \pgfmathparse{asin(1/\x)} yields for each \x in the range of 125 to 142 the same value, whereas \pgfmathparse{1/\x} yields the much more precise values for each \x. Is the ArcSin function ...
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How to fit a large figure to page [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best figure size adjustment when dealing with different image sizes Given: a large figure, whose height:width ratio is unknown. Todo: Include this fig in LaTeX, such ...
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Using command to compute sum?

I must admit this sounds like an easy question. I'm creating a grading model for a homework assignment, and I'm adding the maximum amount of points to each question. Is there a way to have LaTeX ...
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How can I compute the distance between two coordinates in TikZ?

Given two points (defined, for instance using nodes), I want to compute the distance between them. Is there some build in functionality in tikz to do this? If not, how can it be done using the ...
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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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Is plotting exponential graphs a known source of bugs in TikZ?

I want to plot $y = 2^x$ over a small domain. Unfortunately, even though tikz (v 2.1) seems to be able to calculate 2^{negative numbers} it is not plotting them correctly. My minimal example is: ...
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Calculating right angle triangle side inside LaTeX

I'd like compute the width of a screen from it's diagonal and its aspect ratio inside a LaTeX document. The formula is easy to get from the Pythagorean theorem, but needs square roots. I currently ...
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Why doesn't \settoheight of \parbox work?

Consider the following code: \documentclass[a4paper]{letter} \usepackage{calc} \usepackage{printlen} \newsavebox{\foobox} \newlength{\fooboxheight} \savebox{\foobox}{ ...
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Dividing dimensions to get a count

Is there a way to divide two dimens and get a count? For example, if I have a box that doesn't fit on a single page, and I want to know the number of pages I'd need for the box (i.e., \heightofbox / ...
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How to set a counter to double the value of another counter?

The title says it. Lets have to counters: \newcounter{myCount} \newcounter{anotherCount} I set myCount to some value for example 10 \setcounter{myCount}{10} How do I set counter anotherCount to ...
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Autocalculate result in math-mode

Are there any available programs/software/etc. that allow you to autocalculate and then autocomplete TeX equations? It would be great if for example, I were doing really long messy equations like 120 ...
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Determine height and depth of letters relative to the font size

I would like to scale graphical elements (like images, tikz and tikz-timing diagrams) relative to the font size, so that they have the same height as an normal uppercase letter (i.e. X or M; I noticed ...
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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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How to do simple calculation in Latex?

Consider the following macro: \newcommand{\sxfigure}[4]{ \includegraphics[width=#1*#3 cm, height=#2*#3 cm]{#4} } #1 and #2 is some value to determine the width and height of the figure, #3 is to ...
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Formatting numbers while printing

Is there a way to format number strings while printing? Suppose I have the following declaration: \newcommand{\MyNumberA}{40} \newcommand{\MyNumberB}{60} The following in the text: ...
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Is there a better way to do intersections and calculations with relative coordinates in TikZ?

I've been doing many TikZ diagrams lately and every so often I encounter a situation where I am forced to use some temporary coordinate in a \path. In the following short example, the problem is ...
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Where is the left-hand margin?

I'm working on the TikZ-from-TeX-SX package, specifically developing the code for putting equation numbering at places within a tikzpicture environment. To do this, I need to know where the text ...
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How can I calculate the difference of 2 counters (pageref)?

How can I calculate the difference between 2 counters (like page numbers), so that pdfLateX outputs "3" in the last line of my example? and how could I calculate the difference between the "current" ...
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How to implicitly specify column width (in a columns-like environment)?

I am using the columns environment in Beamer-documents like this: \begin{columns} \begin{column}{0.8\textwidth} %% \end{column} \begin{column}{0.2\textwidth} %% ...
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Arithmetic in arguments to the geometry package

I'd like to use the geometry package to auto-crop the output of my LaTeX (so that it looks bigger on-screen as I'm editing). I have found a way to remove the margins completely and brutally: ...
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Why is this let expression not working in TikZ (calculating a midpoint)?

I have a rectangle in TikZ and the top left and bottom right corners are called (topleft) and (bottomright) respectively. I wanted to have a label midway down the left hand side of the rectangle, so I ...
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Factorial (or, even better, binomial coefficient) function

Is there a function in l3fp for calculating factorials or, even better, binomial coefficients directly?
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How to ensure document total page numbers is a multiple of four?

I'm producing a document (book class) that will ultimately be produced using offset lithography. It's therefore useful to ensure the total number of pages is a multiple of four by adding as many blank ...
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How to use \widthof as parameter to \kern

I sometimes encounter a problem when I attempt to use \widthof from the calc package, and don't know why. In the past I have just worked around it using a two step process of defining a \newdimen{} ...