Questions tagged [calculations]

{calculations} is about calculations in (La)TeX documents. A popular package is calc, although others also exist (fp, pgf, and LaTeX3 packages, e.g `xfp`).

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Shrinking text to the width of a node within a tikzpicture

I would like to be able to scale text to the width of a TikZ node. Using \widthof within tikzpicture as a starting point, I've arrived at somewhat of a solution, except it has incorrect spacing, and ...
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Calculating right angle triangle side inside LaTeX

I'd like compute the width of a screen from it's diagonal and its aspect ratio inside a LaTeX document. The formula is easy to get from the Pythagorean theorem, but needs square roots. I currently ...
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How can I nest coordinate calculations in TikZ?

Why does this not work? I'm not using LaTeX and TikZ very much; I don't see it. \begin{tikzpicture} \coordinate (Zero) at (0,0); \coordinate[label=below:cell a] (vertexA) at (0, 10); \coordinate[...
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Difference between two dates

Is there a macro that calculates the year and months from a given start date and the current date. So let's say I have 05/02/2010 (the start date), then it should do the following: Today - 05/02/...
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Handling different time zones

I'm looking for a way to handle date/times with different time zones. For example in svn-multi and filemod a date and time with a timezone is returned. I like to be able to compare times in different ...
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Adding numerical values in a LaTeX tabular column [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I automatically calculate sums in a LaTeX table? Does anyone know if the is a TeX/LaTeX package which will make an ordinary tabular environment work as a simple ...
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Calculate maximum of lengths

How can I calculate a maximum of lengths? I am aware of pgfmath's function max(x_1,x_2,...) \documentclass[a4paper,draft]{article} \usepackage{tikz} \pgfmathparse{max(3,4)} \begin{document} \end{...
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Measuring height of fixed-width text box

Suppose some text is put inside a fixed width box. The text will then continue in vertical direction. How can you measure the total height of that text? Original text: text text text text text ...
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Why doesn't \settoheight of \parbox work?

Consider the following code: \documentclass[a4paper]{letter} \usepackage{calc} \usepackage{printlen} \newsavebox{\foobox} \newlength{\fooboxheight} \savebox{\foobox}{ \parbox[t]{\textwidth}{...
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Automated age calculation

How can I calculate my age at compile-time in LaTeX? Something like: I'm \myage{day}{month}{year} years old. would be most awesome.
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Doing maths with distance values in LaTeX source code

I have a sty file with the command \newcommand{\foo}[1]{\noindent\kern#1} but I'd actually like to have something like \newcommand{\foo}[1]{\noindent\kern{#1 *0.5}} meaning that I'd like to have ...
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Can LaTeX perform simple math operations? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: 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 ...
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\widthof within tikzpicture

In this minimal example \documentclass{scrartcl} \usepackage{calc} \usepackage{tikz} \newlength{\TestLength} \begin{document} \setlength{\TestLength}{\widthof{\tikz \node {bla};}} \...
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How to use pgf-math inside an argument?

I response to xport's recent questions, I tried to do the following \usepackage{pgf} [...] \rule{\pgfmathdivide{4}{3}\pgfmathresult mm}{5mm} Unfortunately, this fails with the following error ...
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How to pass in a ratio in fraction form (as opposed to decimal form) to table column definition?

My scenario is to pass in a ratio (in fractional form as opposed to decimal form) to each table column definition. The following code cannot be compiled. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{pgf} \...
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How to pass in a ratio in fractional form?

How to pass in a ratio of 4/15 (instead of its approximated decimal form of 0.266) to table definition. Final solution can be seen here. I need one more vote to close this topic.
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Why did my exact calculation still produce small gaps on the most left and right table rules?

I have specified each tabular cell width exactly using formula ##1\linewidth-2\tabcolsep-1.5\arrayrulewidth as shown in the following code snippet: \documentclass[dvips,dvipsnames,rgb]{book} \...
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How to find the ratio of a length command (e.g., \textwidth) to a reference value (e.g., 6cm) ?

How to find the ratio of a length command (e.g., \textwidth) to a reference value (e.g., 6cm) ? Actually I want to use the ratio for the \scalebox argument, e.g., \scalebox{<ratio>}. \...
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ConTeXt / e-TeX Real Numbers?

I've been using LaTeX for about 6 years and the calc package for a long time. Therefore, not being able to use real / floating point numbers was never really a problem. I've been pouring over the ...
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Date calculations

I'm building a LaTeX document that helps me to formulate quotations for my customers. Since I decided to offer monthly recurring payments I'd like to have payment dates calculated automatically ...
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How to use \pageref{foo} as a number?

What I want to do is to show a "progress bar" in the header to show how far you are in the document, by making a rule with width pagenumber divided by total pages times the paper width. This is what ...
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How can I automatically calculate sums in a LaTeX table?

Sometimes I would like LaTeX to automatically calculate sums (or other simple arithmetic) for me, eg. in a table. I would like to ensure that when I update the table, I don't accidentally forget to ...
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Performing basic arithmetic in custom commands

One thing annoying in sparklines is its verbosity and dependence on external arithmetics. For example, to depict a three bar graph of 16%, 53%, 31%, one has to write: \begin{sparkline}{4} \...
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Resources For Calculating Average Sentence Length

I'm writing my masters thesis and my supervisor has picked up my sentence structure, in that they are too long. She commented that Microsoft Word has a feature to investigate 'large' sentences. How ...
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Why is this let expression not working in TikZ (calculating a midpoint)?

I have a rectangle in TikZ and the top left and bottom right corners are called (topleft) and (bottomright) respectively. I wanted to have a label midway down the left hand side of the rectangle, so I ...

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