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I have the following alignat segment:

  \text{max}_{\underline{\lambda}} \text{min}_{\underline{x}} \quad & \underline{c}^T \underline{x} + \underline{\lambda}^T(\underline{d} - D\underline{x}) \\
  \text{s.t.} \quad & A \underline{x} & \leq \underline{b} \\
                    & \underline{x}   & \geq \underline{0}

which gives

LaTeX Result

however, the result I'm aiming for is more like

Desired Result

Note that:

  • the 'max/min' is right-aligned with the 's.t.', the left-most character in the list of 's.t.' terms (the A) is aligned with the left-most term in the objective function (the c).

  • the rest of the LHS in the 's.t.' section is right-aligned, and the inequalities are aligned.

I'm not sure if I'm being too fussy here, but anything is better than what I already have.

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Why use \text{max} instead of \max and \min? – Aditya Jul 29 '13 at 1:25
Because I didn't know about \max and \min :) But now that I know about them, I will start using them! – Ozzah Jul 29 '13 at 1:42
Here are four other ideas: How to edit the linear programming in LaTeX? And here are five others: Multicol layout for systems of (linear) equations. – Qrrbrbirlbel Jul 29 '13 at 1:46
@Qrrbrbirlbel Thanks for the suggestions! – Ozzah Jul 29 '13 at 3:20
@Ozzah Then you should probably also learn about \log, \exp, \sin, \cos, etc. Also, if you want to define a new math operator, simply use \DeclareMathOperator. – Pål GD Jul 29 '13 at 8:51
up vote 10 down vote accepted

One option is to use aligned environment from amsmath package:



  \max_{\underline{\lambda}} \min_{\underline{x}} \quad & \underline{c}^T \underline{x} + \underline{\lambda}^T(\underline{d} - D\underline{x}) \\
  \text{s.t.} \quad &  \begin{aligned}[t]
     A \underline{x} & \leq \underline{b} \\
     \underline{x}   & \geq \underline{0}


which gives

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(The amsmath package which is loaded by mathtools provides aligned.) – Qrrbrbirlbel Jul 29 '13 at 1:48
@Qrrbrbirlbel thanks for that. I was having trouble compiling when I added that package, and couldn't see it in my MiKTeX package repository. – Ozzah Jul 29 '13 at 3:19
@Qrrbrbirlbel: Thanks. For some reason I believed that aligned was part of mathtools. I have corrected the statement in the answer. – Aditya Jul 29 '13 at 6:35

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