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Draw Curly Braces in TikZ

I am using TikZ with the following code to draw a picture. How can I turn the curly bracket next to $P_2$ to the right? \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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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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Legend in tikzpicture

I am looking for a way to create a legend in a regular tikzpicture. I found this Using a pgfplots-style legend in a plain-old tikzpicture but I don't know how to put the legend at the wanted ...
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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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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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Tikz: purely vertical arrow from nodeA.south to nodeB.north

I have the following tikz code % compilation command: pdflatex --jobname=Diag-f1 Diag.tex \documentclass{book} \usepackage{tikz} \pgfrealjobname{Diag} \begin{document} \beginpgfgraphicnamed{Diag-f1} ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Is there something like \providetikzstyle similar to \providecommand?

I have standalone figures that I include in my document. These figures use statements like \providecommand{\HypotenuseLabel}{$h$} which allows the figure to have a default label, and which can be over ...
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How can I use an hbox inside a TikZ environment for text dimension measurement?

I'm trying to use an \hbox to measure the dimensions of a certain text. This is working in normal text as in the following example: \setbox37=\hbox{this is a text that I want to measure} text width ...
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How can I create a pdf document exactly as big as my tikz picture?

I often create pictures in tikz that I want to either send to someone, or include in an email. The problem with that is that there is a big white space around and and especially below my pictures. To ...
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Creating gears in TikZ

I am trying to create a gear in TikZ in which the number of spikes can be determined and the size as well. I was looking through the pgfmanual and stumbled upon the decorations section and I tried a ...
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TikZ: Node at same x-coordinate as another node, but specified y-coordinate?

In TikZ, if I have a node (A), how do I create a node (B) with the same x-coordinate as (A), but a given y-coordinate?
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How to draw graphs in LaTeX?

I need to draw simple graph (for example Petersen Graph) in LaTeX. I am using Kile in Ubuntu. I exactly don't know that which package should I use. Any suggestion with example is highly expected.
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Label angle with tikz

I am able to draw a nice right triangle with \begin{tikzpicture}[thick] \draw (0,0) -- (4,0) node[midway,below]{$f$} -- (4,2) node[midway,right]{$\frac{x}{2}$}-- cycle; \end{tikzpicture} Now I ...
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How can I know if a node is already defined?

I think I've seen this question before, but I can't find it. The problem is simple; before I assign a name to a node I would like to know if the name is already used. I think when a node is created ...
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Package for pie charts

I want to create a pie chart in LaTeX. Do you know a package which manages that? I tried datatool which uses tikz as backend but seems to be unusable due to mysterious floating point errors.
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Properly aligning drawn lines between the corners of 2 rectangular nodes in TikZ?

When I draw a thick line from the corner of one box to the same corner of another, it doesn't attach properly. See the code and picture below: \documentclass[a4paper, 11pt]{article} ...
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How to draw a shaded sphere?

Andrew Stacey pointed out that the Rosetta Code entry "Draw a Sphere" doesn't have a TikZ entry yet. Is there a way to draw a "properly" shaded sphere using TikZ? The ball shading would seem an ...
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How to generate all possible Venn diagrams (with the case below) efficiently?

I can draw Venn diagrams but now my question is more complicated than just drawing Venn diagrams one by one. I need to draw all possible Venn diagrams efficiently. I need a combinatorical approach ...
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Creating node shapes

I am currently learning how to use TikZ/PGF to make some figures for a project report, and so I have a question: Is there is a practical way of making a particular object into a node? The object ...
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Insertion of perpendicular symbol at intersection of two perpendicular lines

This provides good details on How to draw a line passing through a point and perpendicular to another?. What I would like to do is to extend this somehow to add the usual geometry symbol to indicate ...
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Absolute positioning in beamer

It's easy to absolute position something using remember picture with TikZ, but it only works with pdfLaTeX. I can get something working by using negative vskip and hskips (trial and error), but that ...
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How to submit a set of tikz command with pgfkeys?

I would like to send a serie of tikz keys to a tikz path with the pgfkeys interface. I succeeded with the following code but is there a simpler way to do that ? Can I do the same thing with something ...
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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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Problem with defining shortcuts for TikZ matrices.

For answering a question yesterday I wanted to define a shortcut for creating a matrix inside a tikzpicture. As a minimal example, consider \newcommand\mymatrix[1]{ \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Coordinates of intersections

In axis environment I have a curve and a line intersecting it. How can I get components of intersection-1, intersection-2 etc. in axis units? \documentclass{minimal} \usepackage{pgfplots} ...
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How to redefine \lstinline to automatically highlight or draw frames around all inline code snippets?

How to redefine \lstinline to automatically highlight or draw frames around all inline code snippets? E.g. using \bh and \eh commands from Highlight text in code listing while also keeping syntax ...
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Nested foreach inside a TikZ matrix for both rows and columns

I'm trying to create a matrix using nested \foreach loops. I tried following the example I found in a previous question, but I keep getting errors. Here is the code I tried to run: ...
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TikZ borders showing through when they shouldn't (overlapping circles)

If you draw two circles that are exactly the same in all aspects (location, size, etc...) except they have different colors, then the "border" of the underlying circle is showing through. ...
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Can we make a love heart with LaTeX?

I understand that this post may cause some down votes because it seems a bit off-topic, but having seen the discussions on Christmas Tree with LaTeX I am still willing to try. My Girlfriend's ...
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How to scale a tikzpicture including texts?

It seems that the scale option scales only the length of lines, but not the size of texts. For instance, 1 and true and not scaled in the following code. \begin{tikzpicture}[thick, scale=0.6] \draw ...
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Drawing polyhedra using TikZ with semi-transparent and shading effect

I would like to draw an Octahedron using TikZ, I found nowhere to start, I tried drawing 6 points and then connecting them properly, but this method gives no 3D feel at all, this is my drawing: ...
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How can/should I include annotated images?

It's often the case that I'd like to include some graphic in a LaTeX document and overlay it with some text or other annotation, maybe including arrows or other simple graphics. The annotations can be ...
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TikZ matrix as a replacement for tabular

I would like to use TikZ matrices to for some drawings. I am currently using nodes and positioning them manually to simulate a tabular. That helps in positioning arrows and shading. However, if I ...
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Large braces over several items in an itemize with text by the brace

This question is related to this question: Adding large brace next to body text, but is not a duplicate. I have an itemize in a beamer presentation. I want to put a brace over some of these items. So ...
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TikZ: difference between \node and \coordinate?

What is the difference between \node and \coordinate in TikZ? Exchanging them does no visual effect in my (to be honest: still simple) pictures. When to use what?
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In TikZ, is it possible to nest nodes?

My use case: I am drawing chemical schemes. Each molecule contains several nodes. However, I also want to put each molecule into a "wrapper" node, so that I can use the usual anchors in combining ...
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Combining |- and !.5! in TikZ

How do I combine the !.5! operator with the -| operator? I want a node that has x-coordinate equal to the average of x coordinates of nodes A and B, and a y-coordinate equal to the average the y ...
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Faded or blurred lines

My question was inspired by Rotate fading in tikz where the inquiror is drawing laser beams that shall look somewhat blurred not as lines but as boxes with a fading. The problem with this approach is ...
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Shrink figure only when necessary?

I'm writing a report where I have generated and included several TikZ pictures which I also want to use in my beamer presentation. However, some of the pictures (but not all) which fit in the report ...
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Macro to access a specific member of a list

I want to be able to have a macro access a specific element of a list. The following code works, however requires me to have two separate macros: one that accepts a list, and the other that accepts ...
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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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How to create a squiggle arrow with some text on it in TikZ?

I need to define a new command to create a squiggle arrow with some text on it. Something similar to what \xrightarrow command produces but with wiggly arrows as in \rightsquigarrow. The length of the ...
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List of Underlining Packages - Pros and Cons

The \underline macro built into LaTeX is pretty much not useable per Why does underlined text not get wrapped once it hits the end of a line ? I have been attempting to use the soul package to ...
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Replicate this chart using LaTeX

I need to replicate this chart using LaTeX, I understand that TikZ should come in handy: Can anyone please show me the best and easiest way to render the chart? Any ideas, tips, nudges in the right ...
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Centering a TikZ picture around an area

I often find myself in the following situation: A tikzpicture of mine consists of a main area and some outer material like text labels which are hardly symmetric around the main area. If such a ...