I am trying to use labels defined in an array using tikz for drawing a path between two shapes. I have tried to use pgfmathparse but it seems not well defined for string. My syntax is probably wrong.



\def\stA {AA}
\def\stB {BB}
\node at (0,0) (AA){coucou};
\node at (2,0) (BB){ahah};

\draw (\stA)--(\stB);

\draw (\pgfmathparse{\stC[2]}\pgfmathresult)--(\pgfmathparse{\stC[1]}\pgfmathresult);
  • I can not understand, what you like to achieve. For connecting two shapes it is sufficient to say: \node (AA) at (0,0) {coucou}; \node (BB) at (2,0) {ahah}; \draw (AA) -- (BB); Syntax of this lines in your MWE is wrong as well second line with \draw, where you use TikZ math engine. What is purpose of this line? – Zarko Jun 21 '15 at 20:02
  • I use an external script based on MATLAB for generating the connections of my graph. Thus I define an array of the connections. – Guuk Jun 21 '15 at 21:27
  • Meanwhile I seen from both answers, what is the intention of question. Thank you for comment. – Zarko Jun 21 '15 at 21:51

Here are two methods. The first one use \pgfextra to evaluate the array before to use \pgfmathresult. The second use math library to evaluate the array.



    \node at (0,0) (AA){coucou};
    \node at (2,0) (BB){ahah};
    \draw (AA)--(BB);

    % method one
    \draw[red,bend left] \pgfextra{\pgfmathparse{\stC[0]}}(\pgfmathresult)
                         \pgfextra{\pgfmathparse{\stC[1]}} to (\pgfmathresult);

    % method two
    \tikzmath{\first= \stC[0]; \second = \stC[1];}
    \draw[blue, bend right] (\first) to (\second);

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Note: The array index starts with 0.

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    A slightly different approach for method two with the evaluate key: \draw[evaluate={\first=\stC[0]; \second = \stC[1];}] (\first) to (\second); – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 21 '15 at 20:42
  • First approach works! :-) – pushpen.paul Aug 1 '16 at 13:35

TikZ expects fully expandable input in coordinates and such things.
See for example (there are probably more):

With a .pgfmath key (handler) defined as


you can use the node coordinate system

\draw (node cs: name/.pgfmath=\stC[1])
   -- (node cs: name/.pgfmath=\stC[0]);

… if you really want to.

The forest package offers more of these handlers if needed.

For actual coordinates (i.e. no node names), TikZ throws everything in PGFmath anyway, and you can just do

\foreach \da in {0,2}
  \foreach \db in {0,2}
    \draw (\stDA[\da], \stDB[\db]) -- (\stDA[\da+1], \stDB[\db+1]);
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    By the way, \pgfmathparse{<stuff>}\pgfmathresult can otherwise shortened to \pgfmathprint{<stuff>}. (There's also \pgfmathprintnumber.) – Qrrbrbirlbel Jun 21 '15 at 20:48

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