[AstroPy] combining columns when writing a table to latex

August (Gus) Muench august.fly at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 21:00:34 EDT 2015

Hi Alex,

Just want to add to Moritz's point that \pm represents just one of many
ways that authors format their tables for a nice print view but without
thinking at all about reuse by others...

It is true that many large tables are "normalized" by scientists at the AAS
Journals (where I work) and CDS, but it is also true that breaking out of a
print view of one's article benefits everyone immensely.

Just sayin...

 - Gus

August (Gus) Muench
august.fly at gmail.com

On Thu, Apr 16, 2015 at 1:06 PM, Moritz Guenther <moritz.guenther at gmx.de>

> Hi Alex,
> you will need to modify the table and add a new column before you call
> the latex writer. The LaTeX writer can only write the columns of your
> tables as they are.
> However, personally, I would strongly prefer to have two columns (value
> and uncertainty) and not merge them into a single string. If anybody
> ever wants to read in the data from your LaTeX table (I sometimes pull
> the latex from astro-ph if I want to read data from a journal article
> that is not included as electronic table), astropy will read a tables
> where value and uncertainty are different columns easily, but it's some
> extra pain to parse a string column with values like "$10.5 \pm 1.1".
> Yours,
> Moritz
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