Is there a way to get a binary string of an integer calculated by e.g., \pgfmathparse{pow(2,3)} \pgfmathresult such that later on I can use the string digits in a foreach loop like .. if it is '1' do this or if the digit is '0' do that?

I don't need to use the tikz or pgf packages; if there is any other math engine with programming language features, that would be fine, too. My goal is to generate a table atuomatically.

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    perhaps using luatex is a better approach.
    – pmav99
    Jun 26, 2011 at 15:57

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To store the binary representation of an integer in a macro you can use PGF/TikZ \pgfmathdectobase:


In order to use this in a \foreach loop you would still need add commas between the bits.

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    Alternatively \pgfmathbin{<integer>}´ or ´\pgfmathparse{bin(<integer>)} (both store the result in \pgfmathresult).
    – Caramdir
    Jun 26, 2011 at 15:59
  • I guess there is no function for converting the result into an array? Any idea how to iterate over the digits of a number (in base two)?
    – panny
    Jun 26, 2011 at 17:06

The bitset package by Heiko Oberdiek might also be helpful here.

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