I am writing an algorithm in latex and don't know how to distinguish between assignment and collection operations.

Assignments be written as: A <- B + C

But in case of add to collection, I usually do

A <- {}
loop condition:
  A <- A + X

Is there anything else that I can use instead of \leftarrow and not have to write A + X on the right always.

Thanks in advance

  • If the collection is based on sets, then use \cup (set union).
    – Werner
    Aug 7 '13 at 20:37
  • @Werner: Thanks. Actually I thought about it but sometimes I have Map data where I am currently using :: A <- A + T[key -> value] Which looks dirty I think :/
    – Shauvik
    Aug 8 '13 at 6:07
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    – Werner
    Aug 12 '13 at 19:38

I don't think there is a standard for pseudocode. You could write it in a somewhat object-oriented way like this:


In pseudocode I would also avoid + to merge sets, and would rather use the set union symbol, ∪.

  • 1
    Yes, i thought about this but adding words makes it more non-standard. Don't you think? I mean there can be insert, append, add, put etc all for the same fundamental operation. What about adding a plus over the arrow? A <-+- X .. this can be done using \overset{+}{\leftarrow} Example: latex.codecogs.com/…
    – Shauvik
    Aug 8 '13 at 6:13
  • Sure, there can be multiple words, so pick one and stick with it. I think that's better than inventing your own symbols. When in doubt, just show it to some colleagues and see if they understand your notation right away.
    – Thomas
    Aug 8 '13 at 9:21
  • Thanks :) Since my work might be read by an international audience, I thought StackOverflow was a better platform than my labmates who are somewhat biased.
    – Shauvik
    Aug 8 '13 at 18:28

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