My thesis, as a computer science writing, needs some diagrams. I tried entity-relationship and some others, but I didn’t like them too much. Browsing a book in the bookstore, I came across a very nice example of LaTeX math typesetting. I developed the idea and came up with this:

My girlfriend noticed that it resembles diagrams from Robert Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy. So I put a reference in the bibliography.

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2006-02-13 at 21:08 |

Could you also post the source code of this diagramm? It’s interesting, how did you make it.

2006-02-14 at 09:56 |

It’ll lose the indentation (in the comment) but at least lines will remain lines. Here you go:

begin{equation}

begin{array}{ll}

mathrm{patient}_1 &

left{

begin{array}{l}

left{

begin{array}{l}

mathrm{diagnosis}_1 \

mathrm{diagnosis}_2 \

vdots \

mathrm{diagnosis}_{d_1} \

end{array}

right.

\

left{

begin{array}{l}

mathrm{operation}_1

left{

begin{array}{l}

mathrm{procedure}_1 \

mathrm{procedure}_2 \

vdots \

mathrm{procedure}_{r_1} \

end{array}

right.

\

mathrm{operation}_2

left{

begin{array}{l}

mathrm{procedure}_1 \

mathrm{procedure}_2 \

vdots \

mathrm{procedure}_{r_2} \

end{array}

right.

\

vdots \

mathrm{operation}_{o_1}

left{

begin{array}{l}

mathrm{procedure}_1 \

mathrm{procedure}_2 \

vdots \

mathrm{procedure}_{r_{o_1}} \

end{array}

right.

\

end{array}

right.

end{array}

right.

\

mathrm{patient}_{2} & left{ vdots right. \

vdots & vdots \

mathrm{patient}_{p} &

left{

begin{array}{l}

left{

begin{array}{l}

vdots \

textrm{diagnosis}_{d_p} \

end{array}

right.

\

left{

begin{array}{l}

vdots \

textrm{operation}_{o_p}

left{

begin{array}{l}

vdots \

textrm{procedure}_{r_p} \

end{array}

right.

\

end{array}

right.

\

end{array}

right. \

end{array}

end{equation}

2006-02-18 at 21:45 |

Thanks, it works. Even if no special package, such as amsmath, is loaded.

2008-05-26 at 08:33 |

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