pytexit 0.1.8
Convert a Python expression in a LaTeX formula
Erwan Pannier  Non Eq. Plasma Group  EM2C Laboratory, CentraleSupélec / CNRS UPR 288
Description
Convert a Python expression in a LaTeX formula
This module isn’t unit aware and isn’t designed to perform calculations. It is a mere translator from Python expressions into LaTeX syntax. The idea behind it was I wanted my Python formula to be the same objects as the LaTeX formula I write in my reports / papers. It allows me to:
 gain time: I can write my LaTeX formulas directly from the Python expression
 check my Python formulas are correct: once printed LaTeX is much more readable that a multiline Python expression
This is my one of my first released modules, I’ll be pleased to have any advice or feedback, mostly concerning crossplatform compatibility issues.
References
Based on a code sample from Geoff Reedy on StackOverflow
You may also be interested in the similar development from BekeJ that was built on top of the same sample. BekeJ’s code is designed to be used exclusively in an iPython console using %magic commands to perform unit aware calculations and return result in a nice LaTeX format.
Sympy also has some nice LaTeX output, but it requires declaring your symbolic variables and isn’t as fast as a oneline console command in pytexit.
Install
pip install pytexit
Use
from pytexit import py2tex py2tex('x = 2*sqrt(2*pi*k*T_e/m_e)*(DeltaE/(k*T_e))**2*a_0**2')
Will display the following equation:
And the corresponding LaTeX formula:
$$x=2\,\sqrt{\frac{2\,\pi\,k\,T_{e}}{m_{e}}}\,\left(\frac{\Delta E}{k\,T_{e}}\right)^{2}\,a_{0}^{2}$$
You may also use it directly from the console:
py2tex 'x = 2*sqrt(2*pi*k*T_e/m_e)*(DeltaE/(k*T_e))**2*a_0**2'
Current Features
Successfully deal with most of the one or two parameter functions. Run the _test() function to have an idea of what’s possible.
Arbitrary syntax:
 Variables named after greek names are turned into LaTeX syntax
 ‘numpy.sin / math.sin / np.sin’ syntax still work as expected (all standard scientific module names are removed beforehand)
 quad() is converted into integrals
 list comprehensions are converted into LaTex syntaX.
 ‘a_p’ variables are converted with “p” as subscript
Also note that iPython uses autocompletion to convert most of the latex identifiers in their unicode equivalent:
\alpha > [Tab] > α
 pytexit will recognize those unicode characters and convert them again in latex expressions
 there is a mode to output Python expressions in Word syntax. From version 2007 Word converts most LaTeX expressions in its own graphical representation. The Word mode here was just about replacing those LaTeX {} with Word ().
py2tex('sqrt(5/3)',output='word')
Upperscript formalism
Python3 allows you to use almost every unicode character as a valid identifier for a variable. For instance all the following characters are valid: αβχδεφγψιθκλνηοπϕστωξℂΔΦΓΨΛΣℚℝΞ
Also, ˆ [chr(710)] is a valid Python3 identifier (^ isn’t). Although I wouldn’t call it recommanded, I find it convenient to name some of my variables with ˆ, such as α_iˆj (mostly because I want a direct Python > LaTeX translation). The py2tex code below is aware of this and will perform the following conversion:
Python > Real k_i_j > k_i,j k_i__j > k_(i_j) k_iˆj > k_i^j k_iˆˆj > k_(i^j) k_i__1_i__2ˆj__1ˆˆj__2 > k_(i_1,i_2)^(j_1,j_2)
etc. k_i__j___1 is still a valid expression, although it quickly starts to be unreadable.
Test
I haven’t deeply tested this module. Please let me know if anything goes wrong. From version 0.1.4 Python 2.7 should also work, even if some encoding problems may happen in the console mode, and special unicode characters cannot be used as valid identifiers.
Changes
 0.1.8 : fixed console script on Unix systems
 0.1.4 : partial Python 2 support
Still WIP
Todo:
 make it fully Python 2 compatible
 allow syntax “a*b = c” (not a valid Python expression, but convenient to type some LaTeX formula)
 code for numbered equations
 export all the conversions on an external text file
File  Type  Py Version  Uploaded on  Size  

pytexit0.1.8.zip (md5)  Source  20160105  29KB  
 Author: Erwan Pannier
 Home Page: https://github.com/rainwear/pytexit
 License: CeCILL2.1
 Platform: any

Categories
 Development Status :: 4  Beta
 Intended Audience :: Science/Research
 License :: OSI Approved :: CEA CNRS Inria Logiciel Libre License, version 2.1 (CeCILL2.1)
 Operating System :: OS Independent
 Programming Language :: Python
 Programming Language :: Python :: 2.7
 Programming Language :: Python :: 3.4
 Programming Language :: Python :: 3.5
 Topic :: Scientific/Engineering
 Topic :: Text Processing
 Package Index Owner: rainwear
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