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Use the calc package: \parbox{\widthof{my text}}{...}


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I like to answer the question in a more general way, so that it is useful to a wider group of people. There are the following macros which allow to store the width, height (the material above the baseline) and depth (the material below the baseline) of a given content. \settowidth{\somelength}{<content>} \settodepth{\somelength}{<content>} ...


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There is the package spreadtab which provides spreadsheet like features. These examples are taken from the documentation: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{spreadtab} \begin{document} \begin{spreadtab}{{tabular}{rr|r}} 22 & 54 & a1+b1 \\ 43 & 65 & a2+b2 \\ 49 & 37 & a3+b3 \\ \hline a1+a2+a3 ...


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In regular LaTeX, the calc package allows for easy manipulation of length arithmetic: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{calc}% http://ctan.org/pkg/calc \newlength{\mylength} \begin{document} \setlength{\mylength}{\textwidth}% \noindent\rule{\mylength}{20pt} \bigskip \setlength{\mylength}{\textwidth-1cm}% \noindent\rule{\mylength}{20pt} \bigskip ...


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In classical Knuth TeX, \newdimen\len \len=\hsize \advance\len by -1cm \newcount\cnt \cnt=1 \advance\cnt by 1 eTeX, \newdimen\len \len=\dimexpr\hsize-1cm\relax \newcount\cnt \cnt=\numexpr1+1\relax LaTeX with calc, \usepackage{calc} \newlength\len \setlength{\textwidth+1cm} \newcounter{cnt} \setcounter{cnt}{1+1} LaTeX2e with expl3 (LaTeX3), ...


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LaTeX is a typesetting system, and trying to use it for anything other than that will probably lead you to frustration at some point or another. Unless your table is really very simple, I think going for a spreadsheet and then exporting that to LaTeX is definitely the best way to go. Now, having said that, for a simple table you can use, as Thorsten ...


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Here is some code to manipulate matrices of any size. Currently, it can perform additions, subtractions, and multiplication (as well as fetching individual entries, and transposing a matrix, for instance). Entries are floating points that l3fp supports (16 digits of precision). % Programming-level functions: \fpm_new:N, \fpm_set:Nn, \fpm_gset:Nn, % ...


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How about \includegraphics[width=\textwidth,height=\textheight,keepaspectratio]{myfig.png} EDIT: added keepaspectratio


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Remarks I used the powerful LaTeX3 featureset l3fp, which is automatically loaded by xparse. Implementation \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand{\myMathFunction}{m} { \fp_to_decimal:n {((#1) * 5) - (#1)^2} } \ExplSyntaxOff \begin{document} \myMathFunction{2} \end{document}


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Here is a TikZ/PGF solution. I'm not sure how it compares to the l3fp approach, but it definitely offers more flexibility than a low-level TeX approach because it works in fixed-point arithmetic, not just with integers, and by using the right PGFkeys, you can easily customise how the result should be printed (trailing zeros, scientific notation, etc.). I ...


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In good old (Plain) TeX, i.e., without LaTeX, with the proper TeX syntax: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \newcount\pom % temporary \newcount\kw % square \newcount\first % first \def\myMathFunction#1{\pom#1 \first\pom \kw\pom \multiply\kw by\pom \multiply\first by5 \advance\first by-\kw \the\first} \myMathFunction{2} And an example of ...


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You need to wrap the expression into { } to hide the second pair of ( ) from the TeX parser. Without the { } a ( will be closed by the next ) even if it belongs to another (. This means arc(0:90:sqrt(15)) will be taken as arc(0:90:sqrt(15) without the second ). This causes basically two errors, one in the expression because it misses the ) and another one in ...


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You can do arithmetic (with +, -, *, /, but no ^ for powers) using \numexpr expressions. The \numexpr expressions are among the e-TeX extensions to the Knuth's TeX. (e-TeX extensions: on modern installations they are activated by default, except if you use the executable named tex on the command line) However you can't use truly fractional numbers ...


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These are primitives which are not present in Knuth's TeX but which were added as part of the e-TeX extensions. As such, they are documented in the e-TeX manual, which is most conveniently accessed using texdoc etex.


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You are using latex to process a plain TeX document and this, of course, triggers the error message. You have two options: Process the document as it is using (pdf)tex. Convert your document to a latex document. Here's an illustration of the second option: \documentclass{article} \begin{document} \newcount\n \newcount\np \newcount\npp \newcount\m ...


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Yes, you can, and pretty easily too. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \NewDocumentCommand{\computesum}{mmm} {% pass control to an internal function \svend_compute_sum:nnn { #1 } { #2 } { #3 } } % a variable for storing the partial sums \fp_new:N \l_svend_partial_sum_fp \cs_new_protected:Npn \svend_compute_sum:nnn #1 #2 #3 { ...


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This can be done with the calc package \documentclass{article} \usepackage{calc} \begin{document} \newlength{\myl} \settowidth{\myl}{test text} \the\myl \end{document} \the\myl will print out the value ~37pt.


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Here is a flat latex2e implementation. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \newcount{\numerator} \newcount{\denominator} \newcount{\gcd} % compute \gcd and returns reduced \numerator and \denominator \newcommand{\reduce}[2]% #1=numerator, #2=denominator {\numerator=#1\relax \denominator=#2\relax \loop \ifnum\numerator<\denominator ...


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Here are four ways for calculating the square root of a number (with varying precision). However, the result cannot be stored in a counter unless it is an integer. The calculator package \documentclass{article} \usepackage{calculator} \newcounter{mycount} \setcounter{mycount}{7} \begin{document} \SQUAREROOT{\themycount}{\solution}% ...


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There are several nice answers using different packages. I'd like to note that TeX uses integer arithmetics, so it is easy to program the standard formula a-(a/b)*b, where / means integer division. Plain TeX solution: \newcount\tmpcnta \def\modulo#1#2{\tmpcnta=#1 \divide\tmpcnta by #2 \multiply\tmpcnta by #2 \multiply\tmpcnta by -1 ...


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An implementation in LaTeX3: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{xparse} \ExplSyntaxOn \cs_new:Npn \fibo #1 { \fibo_recurrence:nnnn{0}{1}{0}{#1} } \cs_new:Npn \fibo_recurrence:nnnn #1 #2 #3 #4 { \int_compare:nTF { #1 = #4 } { #3 } { #3 ~ \fibo_recurrence:ffnn { \int_eval:n {#1+1} } { \int_eval:n {#2+#3} } { #2 } { #4 } } ...


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You can also use \intcalcMod from the intcalc package: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} \usepackage{ifthen} \usepackage{intcalc} \newcounter{mycount} \newcommand\Nmodiii[1]{% \setcounter{mycount}{0}\whiledo{\value{mycount}<#1} {$\themycount\pmod 3=\intcalcMod{\value{mycount}}{3}$\\\stepcounter{mycount}} } \begin{document} \noindent A ...


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If you are not bound to expl3 (in which case you “just” need to implement the algorithm): \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{xintgcd,xintfrac} \newcommand*\reducedfrac[2] {\begingroup \edef\gcd{\xintGCD{#1}{#2}}% \frac{\xintNum{\xintDiv{#1}{\gcd}}}{\xintNum{\xintDiv{#2}{\gcd}}}% \endgroup} \begin{document} \[ \frac{278922}{74088} = ...


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An option using Lua+LaTeX. Made small improvement. Made a Lua function to be called as a LaTeX command, with the numerator and denominator passed as arguments, instead of hardcoding the values in as before. The command is \simplify{a}{b}: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{luacode} \usepackage{amsmath} %------------------------ \begin{luacode} ...


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Within reason (i.e. for not too nonlinear functions), you can numerically differentiate your functions right within PGFPlots, using the approach f'(x)=(f(x+dx)-f(x))/dx: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfplots} \begin{document} \begin{tikzpicture} \begin{axis}[no markers, legend pos=south east, legend entries={Original function, Analytical ...


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Here's a solution using LuaLaTeX. The MWE provides a LaTeX-side macro called \MyMathFunction that interfaces with a Lua-side function called mymathfunction; the latter does the actual computations. % !TEX TS-program = lualatex \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath} % for '\ensuremath' macro \usepackage{luacode} % for 'luacode' environment % ...


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You can use PGF's calendar library to convert the current day and the first day of the current year into julian dates: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgfkeys, pgfcalendar} \newcount\julianA \newcount\julianB \newcommand\doy{% \pgfcalendardatetojulian{\year-\month-\day}{\julianA}% \pgfcalendardatetojulian{\year-1-1}{\julianB}% ...


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Solving this kind of problem is the raison d'être of the refcount package. Here's one way to use it: \documentclass[oneside]{book} \usepackage{lipsum,fancyhdr,lastpage,refcount} \pagestyle{fancy} \setrefcountdefault{-1} \lhead{\rule{\dimexpr \textwidth * \thepage/\getpagerefnumber{LastPage}}{2mm}} \begin{document} \lipsum[1-60] %Insert dummy text for ...


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This is possible with the datenumber package \documentclass{article} \usepackage{datenumber} \begin{document} \setdatetoday \addtocounter{datenumber}{30}% \setdatebynumber{\thedatenumber}% In 30 days is \datedate \setdatetoday \addtocounter{datenumber}{60}% \setdatebynumber{\thedatenumber}% In 60 days is \datedate \setdatetoday ...


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Since LuaTeX is available, forget all that complicated stuff and do something like: \directlua{ a = 0 a = a + 1 tex.print(a) }



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