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How to establish node-anchor-like points on a (tikz) rectangle path (is there a better method than the one described)?

Background and desired functionality Rectangles can be drawn with tikz in a number of ways, one way of doing so is to define a rectangle node as follows: \node (rectangle) [draw, rectangle] {A ...
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Plotting bell shaped curve in TikZ-PGF

I want to create some bell shaped curves for demonstrating hypothesis testing in statistics. Can anybody help me drawing curves like shown in the following picture?
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PGFplots foreach equivalent to TikZ's with multiple variables separated by a slash

I like TikZ's capability to traverse multiple variables separated by a slash in the foreach (as in the example below). I am looking for something equivalent in PGFplots? I saw in the documentation ...
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How to draw a torus

Is there an easy way to draw a contour image of torus below with tikz? Or for that matter with any other graphics package.
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Unknown error using tikz matrix of nodes in beamer

I am having trouble getting a basic example of a matrix of notes to show up in my beamer presentation. I am using the code copied from the pgf manual. Here is a complete working example. The error I ...
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Is it possible to change the color of a single bar when the bar plot is based on symbolic values?

I am beginner in LaTeX, trying to use it for industrial documents. I wonder if there is a way to change the color of only one bar of the plot below, ie "TestDetails", to illustrate it is a local macro ...
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Package PGF Math Error: Unknown operator `o' or `of'

I am getting a weird error while trying to place a node above another node using the below= syntax. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[] (node1) at ...
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List of available TikZ libraries with a short introduction

Quick links: Summary ❧ Intersections library ❧ Arrow tips library ❧ Calc library ❧ Mindmap Library ❧ Shapes library ❧ Paper Folding Library ❧ Chains Library ❧ Shapes library Very often I ...
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TikZ picture shapes

I am very new to the TikZ package, and I need to draw some flow chars by using the following shapes. However I couldn't figure out how to draw the 4th and and 6th ones below. It would be very nice ...
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Dimensioning of a technical drawing in TikZ

Is there is an easy way to mark dimensions in a technical drawing with TikZ? Is there a library or something? Edit I am using XeLaTeX. Update I chose Martin's answer because it serves me well ...
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Simplest way to overlay a text + rectangle label an image?

For my figures thus far I've been using LaTeX's straightforward figure code, i.e.: \begin{figure} \centering \includegraphics[width=6.5in]{figure.png} \caption[Stuff here]{(A) More stuff ...
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Hobby path realization in convex hull approach

Motivation In the answer Highlight a group of nodes in a tikz tree, Jake suggested combining the convex hull approach from padded boundary of convex hull with the hobby path and I was really ...
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Faded drop-shadow using tikz-based rounded rectangle?

Background Epigraphs are in a box with rounded corners. The boxes have a drop-shadow. Example Picture #1 shows a shadow, while Picture #2 shows a shadow that fades out (soft blur): Problem ...
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Using opacity in TikZ causes strange rendering in Acrobat.

I have a problem using opacity in TikZ. Whenever I use it somewhere in a picture, I get weird side-effects: colors in (some) other parts of the documents are changed apparently randomly and it makes ...
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Drawing different tikz shapes parameterized by data from a file

I have a file with three columns of data, x, y, r. # x y r 1 1 0.1 2 2 0.5 3 3 1.2 and so on. I'd like to loop over the rows, and draw a circle at x,y with radius r for each row. I first thought ...
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Strange arrow mark with TikZ edge and anchors.

When I draw an edge between two nodes with anchors and globally set option [->], I get an additional arrow tip symbol at the beginning of the last edge in the path. For example in ...
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Pascal's triangle in tikz

I would like to typeset the top part of Pascal's triangle. To get the triangle with the names of the binomial coefficients, i.e., {n \choose k}, I used the following code \begin{tikzpicture} \foreach ...
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tikz declare function and babel french option

I would like to declare functions in tikz for multiple uses of the same function within the code. Sadly, it seems that the tikz "declare function" is not compatible with the french option in babel. ...
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Measuring align

From what I read it seems that align environments are processed twice: the first time for measuring, the second time for actual typesetting. My question is whether one can get access to these ...
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What is the minimum one needs to know to use TikZ?

I am fed up with the poor quality of the pictures in the papers written by my graduate students and am trying to convince them to use TikZ. I know of three ways to begin learning TikZ: The TikZ ...
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How can I speed up LaTeX compilation?

The slowest part is a dozen of diagrams in TikZ.
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What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) for PGF/TikZ?

Are there any WYSIWYG editors for PGF/TikZ? Perhaps something similar to LyX but for PGF/TikZ? If there is no WYSIWYG editor for this tandem, is there one perhaps that allows the user to easily ...
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3D helix torus with hidden lines

How can I generate the above image using TikZ (possibly other methods will work if they produce better looking results)? I would like to have a nicely shaded (not so dark image) without gridlines ...
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Pgfplots: how to fill the area under a curve with oblique lines (hatching) as a pattern?

I want to hatch the area under a curve (graph of a function) with oblique lines on an interval (to illustrate the function's integral on that interval). This can be done elegantly in gnuplot... ...
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Mouseover events in beamer: hovering on \eqref and a comment containing the original equation popping up

This idea came into my mind while I was listening to a speaker presenting his results in a seminar, he used lots of equation references in his later slides, however I can't remember which equation he ...
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How to customize the table of contents using TikZ?

Are you aware of tentatives to customize the table of contents with TikZ? I am thinking of fancy graphical objects (coloured ovals, squares, rectangles...) coming with "chapter" or the numbering, for ...
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TikZ rectangular node with different rounded corners

This is my minimal example: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \node[rounded corners=3pt, draw, fill=red!20]{Hallo!}; \end{tikzpicture} ...
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High level digital design in TikZ

I am very new to TikZ and I have trouble making a diagram similar to the one here: My problems are specifically making MUX to get to inputs which would be on 1/3 and 2/3 of the width. Taking sigma ...
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Bounding box is larger than expected when drawing a curved path

I have been working on logo for my department and I have the following code. The problem is that whenever I compile the diagram seems to be larger than the actual logo. I do not know what is the ...
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Creating a node fitting the horizontal width of two other nodes

I have the two PGF nodes foo and bar positioned in a row. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \usetikzlibrary{positioning} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture}[node ...
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How can I set the TikZ label anchor explicitly?

I want to add a label to a node, but "inside" the node. Something like this: The manual seems to indicate it might be possible, although no actual key is named. The ... anchor point for the ...
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Drawing relationships between elements of a database

I am looking into a feasible way of drawing relationships between Elements from a database. An example: Element x is related to Element Y via the Role "sister". Relationships exist in the form 1:1, ...
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padded boundary of convex hull

I'm trying to draw a boundary around a convex set of circular nodes in TikZ. The aim is to have it padded by 1cm, with an arc at the corners between segments, like this: I currently have the ...
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Applying a postaction to every path in TikZ

Sometime, for example in a solution to a recent question, one wants to apply a postaction (like a decoration) to a group of paths. A naive solution is to use every path/.style={}. Unfortunately this ...
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How to draw a return arrow from node-3 to node-1

Say I have a code to draw a flow chart, I want now a arrow from node 3 to node 1, how can I do that? 1<--| | | 2 | | | 3---- MWE \documentclass[class=article,border=0pt]{standalone} ...
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How can I force TikZ pin angle?

I'm trying to draw a resultant force diagram like so: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) -- (90:2.7) -- ++ (-13:12) ...
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Create xkcd style diagram in TeX

The unique style of the diagrams at xkcd has an informative but nice hand-drawn touch. I guess they are actually drawn by hand but just recently on our partner site for Mathematica someone asked how ...
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Design a custom Beamer theme from scratch

No matter how hard I search, I cannot find any information on creating a Beamer theme from scratch, as opposed to LEGOing it together from the built-in inner, outer and color themes, maybe modifying ...
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3-dimensional histogram in pgfplots

I have a simple 3d histogram which I want to import into pgfplots, e.g. using matlab2tikz or by hand. PGFplots does not offer 3d histograms. Is there an easy way to do this?
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How can I use TikZ to make standalone (SVG) graphics?

I would like to use TikZ in other settings than TeX and I'd especially like to use the drawings on websites where the text should be searchable and selectable. However, I'm unsure of the best way to ...
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Draw arc in tikz when center of circle is specified

It would be convenient sometimes to be able to draw an arc in tikz by specifying the center of the corresponding circle its radius the initial/final angle i.e., the "natural" way an arc is ...
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Curve through a sequence of points with Metapost and TikZ

This question led to a new package: hobby I found Metapost best for drawing complex smooth curves (i.e., Bezier, splines), since you do not have to directly specify Bezier control points. ...
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Bell Curve/Gaussian Function/Normal Distribution in TikZ/PGF

Can anyone tell me how to plot a gaussian function/bell curve using TikZ/PGF? I'm basically looking to implement something like PSTricks's \psGauss command.
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How can I produce a 'ring (or wheel) chart' like that on page 88 of the PGF manual?

I really like the 'ring chart' or 'wheel chart' given as an example on page 88 of the PGF manual. It is like a pie chart, but with a label in the centre. Unfortunately, the manual doesn't give the ...
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Stroke with variable thickness

Can you create lines with variable thickness (line width) in Tikz?
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Electric circuits in TeX, LaTeX, and Friends

What are some ways to draw electric circuits in TeX systems? I'm making this community wiki since I haven't found a question related to this. I was thinking along the lines of circuitikz. What do ...
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Using math in TikZ

I know it has been asked and answered before, and I need to put { and } around it, but for some reason this doesn't work: \draw (0,0) -- ({atan(1)}:{sqrt(2)}); Any idea why?
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TikZ parallel Edges between Nodes

I'm looking for a simple way to draw the following picture using TikZ. Namely, I would like to only specify the coordinates of the cities and then to connect them by edges using a \foreach loop. This ...
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Draw an aircraft with Tikz

I want to draw a plane using the Tikz tool. You will find, attached, a screenshot.
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Letterpress effect through PSTricks or Tikz

I have already typed in the META section of the website a post addressing the question as to how the letterpress (or engraving-like) effect in the headers of the site had been achieved. I know it can ...