# [OS X TeX] Referring to arbitrary labels?

Mohinish Shukla shukla at sissa.it
Thu Nov 18 11:22:47 EST 2004

Dear Claus,
However, in the field of psychology (at least), the Experiment is an
important 'level' (with Methods, Results & Discussion as sublevels),
and it is sometimes most appropriate to refer to the entire experiment
as a whole, rather than just the result.
So, using your advice, I know define a theorem in the preamble:

\newtheorem{expt}{E}
\setcounter{expt}{1}

And for those sections that are experiments, I use the following (the

\section[Experiment \arabic{expt}: Nice test of my model.]{Experiment
\arabic{expt}}
\begin{expt}
Nice test of my model.
\label{exx1}
\end{expt}

This gives appropriate chapter titles, and what looks like a
title-line; and looks good in the toc as well.. Not the most elegant,
but it certainly works appropriately. Any suggestions would be most
welcome :)

Thanks!
Mohinish

On 18 Nov 2004, at 4:34 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:

> I would advice against defining a new section command. A references
> should enable the reader to find the reference in the text fairly
> easily. The best reference is of course a page number, which can also
> be achieved by using something like like fullref. I usually do this
> in a book, when the reference points to a different section. In a
> paper refering to the section and theorem/experiment label alone is
> more appropriate.
>
> Thus I would recommend to use the standard section command. Your
> experiments lead certainly to a main observations or results. This
> result should be stated like a theorem
>
> \begin{thm}
> \end{thm}
>
> In addition you have to define in the preamble
>
> \newtheorem{thm}[subsection]{Experiment}
>
> Then this will be printed as
>
> Experiment 3.1. The breath taking result can best be described ....
>
> if the experiment is the first experiment in section 3. This would be
> my recommendation.
>
> You could also define
>
> \newtheorem{thm}{Experiment}
>
> then the experiments would be labeled consecutivley starting with 1
> without any reference to a section number. If there would be a
> bijective relation between experiments and sections, this would be
> identical, but I doubt it, because of the introduction, and you also
> said that some experiments would be stated not as sections. Thus, to
> be consistent you should use the first approach.
>
>
> Claus
>
>
> On 18.11.2004, at 15:06, Mohinish Shukla wrote:
>
>> I have a problem that seems 'generic'..(meaning I suppose a similar
>> problem could arise in various contexts)
>>
>> - I have a series of Experiments in the thesis; I would like to
>> number these Experiment 1, Experiment 2 and so on. They are all
>> sections, but not every section is an Experiment..also, they are
>> spread out across different chapters.
>>
>> So, I tried
>>
>> \newcounter{expt}
>> \setcounter{expt}{1}
>>
>> and whenever I have an Experiment (typically a \section), I used
>>
>> \section{Experiment \arabic{expt}: Experiment name}
>>
>>
>> Works great, except that now I cannot refer back to this particular
>> experiment. I tried:
>> \section{Experiment \arabic{expt}: Experiment name\label{expt1}}
>>
>> but a \ref{expt1} returns, naturally, the section number, and not the
>> experiment number...
>>
>> so I cannot say ".. in Experiment \ref{expt1}... "
>>
>> Any ideas/suggestions? I would be most grateful!
>>
>> Currently I'm naming the experiments by their section number, as:
>>
>> \section{Experiment \arabic{chapter}.\arabic{section}: Experiment
>> name}
>>
>> which is not elegant, but is at least consistent..
>>
>> Thanks for any suggestions!!!
>>
>> Mohinish
>>
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