I have a command \mydatapoint which takes two arguments, x and y. It prints x and y in a specific format in my file.

\newcommand{\mydatapoint}[2][]{ \textbf{#1} #2}

Now I want to use these instances of x and y to print a kind of summary plot at the end.

For the plot I found this nice example of how to do it, but there, a datafile has to be read for the points.

The datafile simply needs this kind of format for the x and y data:

6 1
7 8
9 10

So now I want my command \mydatapoint to additionally print to an auxiliary file from which I can read the points back, but can't find anything online about how to write to auxiliary files. I haven't really done anything like that in Latex before, so I don't know where to start looking for information.

Any pointers in the right direction would be appreciated.

Also, is it possible to do this without the auxiliary file?


This will create a file called points.txt with a list of all your points



\newcommand{\mydatapoint}[2]{\listadd{\pointlist}{#1,#2}\textbf{#1} #2}



This is my first data point \mydatapoint{1}{2}, and the second one is
\mydatapoint{3}{4}. Yest another point is \mydatapoint{5}{6}

% points up to this point will be in the plot
  \addplot[mark = square*, blue] coordinates {%

This point will be included in the file, but not in the plot:


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  • Question: If the OP wants to put the scatterplot at the end of the same document, could one do without the file at all, and just collect the points in a list and then loop over them to do the scatterplot? – Paul Stanley Apr 23 '18 at 19:26
  • I think, having tested, that one can do without the auxiliary file if the plot comes at the end. pgfplots seems happy with a macro which accumulates coordinates. – Paul Stanley Apr 23 '18 at 19:50
  • @PaulStanley Thanks for the comment. I am afraid I misunderstood the OP's question, it is not the file what (s)he wants, it is a plot. I'm fixing it now – caverac Apr 23 '18 at 19:51
  • Well, I thought it was impossible without an auxiliary file, so I asked for an auxiliary file, but if it is possible without one, that would be even better – fifaltra Apr 23 '18 at 19:56
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    @caverac Well don't leave out your answer, which is good (and I upvoted it), but maybe add the additional alternative. – Paul Stanley Apr 23 '18 at 19:56

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