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numerical conditions

Postby kent » Sat Sep 09, 2017 2:06 pm

I often should have liked to be able to test for numerical conditions in my PGF macros.
Let me illustrate with one simple example:
Let A and B be two given poinst where we have access to their coordinates, say A = (\xA,\yA) and B = (\xB,\yB).
I would then like to be able to check if A = B within some tolerance.
But how should I test to see, say, for \dx = \xB-\xA that abs(\dx) < \eps for a small defined value of \eps (i.e 0.0005)?
As far as I know the Latex \ifthenelse cannot be used.
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Postby mas » Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:41 am

Looking at the pgf manual, Section 90, you can see that there is a pgfmath library which has commands to do what you need. I am just pasting below from the manual (page 939):
Comparison and logical functions
In addition to the commands described in Section 89.3.5, the following command was provided by Christian
Defines \pgfmathresult 1.0 if |<x>−<y>|< 0.0001, but 0.0 otherwise. As a side-effect, the global boolean
\ifpgfmathcomparison will be set accordingly.

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Postby kent » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:33 pm

Thanks, I see I need to upgrade the PGF version I am using or could anybody supply the code needed/mentioned?

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Postby Stefan Kottwitz » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:20 pm

Hi Kent!

It's probably good to update in any case. I remember you worked on an intersection topic, that also was solvable with PGF 3 aka TikZ 3. It provides a lot more features than PGF 2. Otherwise you may re-program already existing new features.

You may consider to update the whole TeX installation. LaTeX evolves, new features, packages, and bug fixes appear.

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