Tips and Tricks

Linux Ubuntu and LaTeX

By Harshvardhan in package

June 19, 2021

GitHub with R

Using Github is the popular method of version control in RStudio. I have struggled with managing Github with RStudio and in this short article I will put together pieces from different sources to fix your issues or get started with it.

If you are starting a project, jump to this. If you had a project that used password for commits (discontinued today, Aug 13 2021), jump to the first article. If it still does not resolve your issues, try the next three in that order.


Linux Ubuntu

I kept on installing and uninstalling Ubuntu, until I shifted to Mac. This list will help me keep my mind clear of small tricks involving Terminal, if I move again.

  1. Use tls for battery preservation.
  2. Use gdebi for Debian based installs.
  3. Install Dropbox, R, RStudio, TeXLive and Spotify. You’ll need them.


  • Bold math symbols: Use the command \mathbf{} to write bold faced symbols like matrix variables.

  • Bibliography and References: Understand that in most academic writings they are different and Latex considers references as default. To add them, add following lines at the end of file, just before \end{document}.


Don’t forget to add \usepackage{natbib} in the preamble. Note that bibfile.bib contains all bibliographies. If you can’t get the BibTeX citations right, use Google Scholar.

  • Citations Generator: Use this tool online to generate citations:

  • Some handy commands: \hfill, \vfill, \hskip, \vskip, \hspace, \vspace. Just Google to know their usage. They’re needed for extra spaces here and there in Latex documents.

  • Margins: The easiest way is to add \usepackage[margin=0.5in]{geometry} in the preamble.

  • New Commands: Outline format is \newcommand{newname}{definition}. See this and this for more details.

  • Style File: Basically, they’re instructions that can be used to redefine the preexisting values in the document. See my Github for two examples that I’ve created - one for homework assignments and other for IIM Indore’s official presentation.

  • Inserting Images: Use \usepackage{graphicx,graphics} in preamble. Then, add image with the following code block.

    \caption{An example of fitting \texttt{GP} model in 1-d function with seven data points.}
  • Inserting Table: Use Table Generator online. Create the schema and then fill in the content.

  • Horizontal Line: \hrulefill for all non-tabular environments.

  • argmin and argmax: Use this in preamble:


Then, \underset{x} \argmax f(x) or \underset{x} \argmax f(x). This might not be very right according to this thread, but okay – it serves the purpose. If you find something better, tell me.

  • To place pictures exactly in a slide, use tikz package. Exact coordinates by cm:
\begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay]
%% (x coord, y coord) -> (0 cm, 6.5 cm)
  \node[anchor=south west,inner sep=0pt] at ($(current page.south west)+(0cm,6.5cm)$) {

The best part is that it also works for exact text placements.

  • Sum (Sigma): \sum_{i = 1}^{n} x_n

  • Integral: \int_a^b f(x) \di x

  • Other math symbols: Overleaf and Oeis Wiki.

  • Templates: Overleaf Gallery is the best. Otherwise, you can find some repositories on Google. If you are searching for reports or presentations, or are an IIM Indore student looking for presentations, check my templates here.

  • Tab: The simple tab (horizontal space) can be worked with \quad.

  • Outer quotes: Latex doesn’t understand " as outer quotes. By default, you have to use ``. Here is a way out.

\usepackage [autostyle, english = american]{csquotes}
  • Drawing any symbol: It is difficult to find the appropriate symbol every time, so use Detexify to identify what you need.
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