I would like to get a plot like the one I sketched below, basically two blocks of the same matrix with arrows going up and anti-diagonally for the red block and arrows going up for the green one. The dots in the middle of the green one means to repeat the same pattern .... And I have as starting point the TikZ code below but I am not sure which would be the easiest way to do ... I struggle still to get conditions in the for loops of TikZ with the complicated markup.

enter image description here

As starting point I have this including a commented attempt to create the upper triangular effect omitting the arrows for elements below the diagonal but can't get this code to work.

    \clip (-0.3,-1.3) rectangle (8.3,4.3);
%   \foreach \x in {0,...,8} {
%       \foreach \y [evaluate=\y as \z using int(4-\y)] in {0,...,4} {
%           \pgfmathtruncatemacro{\myresult}{\x<\z ? 1 : 0}
%           \ifnum\myresult=0%
%           \node at (\x cm,\y cm) (g-\x-\y) {$a_{\x,\z}$};\fi
%       }
%   }
    \foreach \x in {0,...,8} {
      \foreach \y [evaluate=\y as \z using int(4-\y)] in {0,...,4} {
        \node at (\x cm,\y cm) (g-\x-\y) {$a_{\x,\z}$};
    % vertical dependency
    \foreach \x in {0,...,8} {
      \foreach \y in {0,...,3} {
        \draw[->,shorten <=2pt,shorten >=7pt] (g-\x-\y) -- +(0,20pt);
    % horizontal
    \foreach \x in {0,...,7} {
      \foreach \y in {0,...,4} {
        \draw[<-,shorten >=2pt,shorten >=7pt] (g-\x-\y) -- +(20pt,0);
    % diagonal
    \foreach \x in {1,...,8} {
      \foreach \y in {0,...,3} {
        \draw[->] (\x-.3,\y+.3) -- (\x - .6, \y+.6);

and the generated image in this case is (but actually I dont need the horizontal arrows):

enter image description here


Maybe I took it a little too literal.




    \state{initial}[width=+\pgfdecoratedinputsegmentremainingdistance,auto corner on length=1mm,]{
        {% From
        {%  Control 1


[zeros/.style={},scale=0.8,transform shape,
xes/.style={outer sep=1.5pt,decoration=penciline,decorate}]
\foreach \y in {1,...,4}{
    \foreach \x in {1,...,5}{
    \node[zeros] (mynode-\x-\y) at (\y,-\x) {0};
    \node[xes,\pgfmathresult](mynode-\x-\y) at (\y,-\x) {X};
    \ifnum\x<\y\draw[<-,xes] (mynode-\x-\y) -- +(0,-0.7);\fi 
    \ifnum\x=\y\draw[<-,xes] (mynode-\x-\y) -- +(0,-0.7);\fi
    \ifnum\y<4\draw[<-,xes] (mynode-\x-\y) -- +(0.7,-0.7);\fi
\node[fit=(mynode-1-1)(mynode-5-4),draw,thick,xes,red,label=90:{\Large dependencies}] {};

    \foreach \x[remember=\x as \lastx] in {1,...,5}{
        \node (myvecs1-\x) at (0,-\x) {X};
        \node (myvecs2-\x) at (1,-\x) {X};
        \node (myvecsn-\x) at (5,-\x) {X};
        \draw[->,xes] (myvecs1-\x) -- (myvecs1-\lastx);
        \draw[->,xes] (myvecs2-\x) -- (myvecs2-\lastx);
        \draw[->,xes] (myvecsn-\x) -- (myvecsn-\lastx);
\node[fit=(myvecs1-1)(myvecsn-5),draw,thick,xes,green!50!blue,label=90:{\Large Free of diagonal dep.}] {};


enter image description here

Mostly stolen from

Simulating hand-drawn lines

TikZ marking several blocks in a matrix

and for the font

CTAN font catalogue

  • I'm speechless. It's amazing, my friend! :) Sep 4 '12 at 0:59
  • The horizontal dots inside the green box are missing ;-) (I'm just kidding). Sep 4 '12 at 1:16
  • lol amazing! howcan I make it look not handwritten ?? lol
    – SkyWalker
    Sep 4 '12 at 3:47
  • @GiovanniAzua Just remove the decorations here and there and remove the font related commands for the base drawing. Note that the arrows are not from node-to-node so it might need some tweaks. Let me know if it doesn't solve your problem.
    – percusse
    Sep 4 '12 at 7:59

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