# Algorithm2e writing simple pseudocode with multiple functions

I am new at algorithm2e and I'm really struggling with the most simple things.

I would like to write an algorithm (pseudocode) with a few functions that call each other. For now, I have this minimal (not)working example:

\begin{algorithm}
\caption{Some algorithm}
\label{alg:some-algorithm}
\DontPrintSemicolon

\SetKwFunction{FMain}{Main}
\SetKwFunction{FTest}{Test}

\FMain{$f$, $a$, $b$, $\varepsilon$}{
a\;
b\;
\KwRet\;
}

\FTest{$f$, $a$, $b$}{
a\;
b\;
\KwRet\;
}
\end{algorithm}


The output is the following: As you can see, the first line of code a is on the same line as the function definition. Also, nothing is indented and the whole thing looks rather ugly.

What am I doing wrong?

• Have you tried adding an empty line between the \FMain{$f$, $a$, $b$, $\varepsilon$}{ and the a\; ? – Nicolas Nov 25 '15 at 22:20
• Are you interested in something like this? That is, where you have an "algorithm" that is defined as a set of functions and/or procedures? – Werner Nov 26 '15 at 0:17
• @Werner: yes, Your example looks OK. I would like to have one Main procedure/function along with two other procedures/functions. – alesc Nov 26 '15 at 9:03

As the documentation (try texdoc algorithm2e on the command line or search for algorithm2e.pdf) says:

\SetKwFunction{KwFn}{Fn} defines a macro \KwFn{arg} which prints Fn in Function typography and its argument arg in argument typography, surrounded by a pair of parentheses.

In particular, \FMain and FTest both have only a single argument. They are used to correctly typeset a function name, not to define a new function. To typeset a function definition, use \SetKwProg{Prog}{Title}{is}{end}.

EDIT: The following example is in the documentation:

\SetAlgoLined
\SetKwProg{Fn}{Function}{ is}{end}
\Fn{afunc(i: int) : int}{return 0\;}

\SetKwProg{Def}{def}{:}{}
\Def{afunc(i: int)}{return 0\;}


1 Function afunc(i: int) : int is
2 | return 0;
3 end
4 def afunc(i: int):
5 | return 0;


So the idea is that \SetKwProg defines a template for functions (e.g. \Fn or \Def). \Fn and \Def themselves now have two arguments, one for the header and one for the body of the function.

\begin{algorithm}
\DontPrintSemicolon
\SetKwFunction{FMain}{Main}
\SetKwProg{Fn}{Function}{:}{}
\Fn{\FMain{$f$, $a$, $b$, $\varepsilon$}}{
a\;
b\;
\KwRet\;
}
\;
\SetKwProg{Pn}{Function}{:}{\KwRet}
\Pn{\FMain{$f$, $a$, $b$, $\varepsilon$}}{
a\;
b\;
}
\end{algorithm}


gives • Thanks for the answer, it was really helpful. I didn't know that I also need to use the \SetKwProg in order to define the function. – alesc Nov 28 '15 at 8:51