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How can I automatically calculate sums in a LaTeX table?

Can LaTeX do simple math?

I have a table with two columns and want to automatically add a third column which contains the difference between the two first:

|  M1  |  M2  | M2-M1 |
| 80.1 | 95.2 | +15.1 |
+ ...  | ...  |  ...  |

I could write a Perl script that generates the third column but it would also be nice if LaTeX could do that directly ...

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Herbert and Alexander already mentioned spreadtab. Here's a simple way to do it without using it.


The \row macro takes two arguments and makes the three columns you want. The subtraction is done by the fp package and the number formatting is done by the \printnum macro.

  • @TH you can also use FPround if you do not want to load another package.
    – yannisl
    Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 11:02
  • @Yiannis: I'm not sure how that avoids loading another package, but \FPround does seem like a good idea.
    – TH.
    Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 11:25
  • @TH Sorry I thought you used the numprint package as well! Read your post too quick and did not notice that you defined your own macro for formatting!
    – yannisl
    Commented Jan 11, 2011 at 13:40

I don't know an easy way to add a third column »automatically«. Maybe you draft the third column yourself and make LaTeX add the content.

This can be done with spreadtab, but much better by using LuaTeX.


you can do it easily with package spreadtab

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