Formatting of equations

I have the following equation:

But my professor want it to be like this (photoshoped):

He told me, I should use something like "left equation" or so..

I tried the following:

\begin{equation*}
\begin{split}
E_{support(\hat{X})}[support(X)] = \\
& \frac{\mathit{support}(\langle \text{Ware A}, 1, 5\rangle)}{\mathit{support}(\langle \text{Ware A}, 1, 10\rangle)} \cdot \frac{\mathit{support}(\langle \text{Ware B}, 2, 4\rangle)}{\mathit{support}(\langle \text{Ware B}, 2, 4\rangle)} \cdot \mathit{support}(\hat{X})
\end{split}
\end{equation*}


But it doesn't look like it should. Maybe you can help me?!

Thank you very much for your support!!

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try multline instead of split, and remove the &. check documentation in the amsmath users guide: texdoc amsmath. – barbara beeton Jan 1 '14 at 12:33
Maybe "left equation" means use the "fleqn" in the document class? For the style, I prefer using the environment "align" to split equation. – selwyndd21 Jan 1 '14 at 13:23

As Barbara says, you can use multline:

\documentclass{article}

\usepackage{mathtools}

\DeclareMathOperator*{\supp}{support}
\DeclarePairedDelimiter{\inner}{\langle}{\rangle}

\begin{document}

\begin{multline*}
E_{\supp(\hat{X})}[\supp(X)]\\
= \frac{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware A}, 1, 5})}{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware A}, 1, 10)}}
\cdot \frac{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware B}, 2, 4})}{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware B}, 2, 4})}
\cdot \supp(\hat{X})
\end{multline*}

\end{document}


You can also use align with \MoveEqLeft:

\begin{align*}
\MoveEqLeft E_{\supp(\hat{X})}[\supp(X)]\\
&= \frac{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware A}, 1, 5})}{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware A}, 1, 10)}}
\cdot \frac{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware B}, 2, 4})}{\supp(\inner{\text{Ware B}, 2, 4})}
\cdot \supp(\hat{X})
\end{align*}


P.S. Notice the differencce in the placement of the second line relative to the first one; with multline it's flushed to the right and with \MoveEqLeft it's indented a specific amount.

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Should be the "=" also in the first case in second line? or only by using align? Thx for your help! – mrbela Jan 2 '14 at 3:42
I've now changed it in the first case. – Svend Tveskæg Mar 7 '14 at 7:12
@mrbela, for displayed formulas the relation should start the line instead of ending it. If it ends the line it is easily overlooked. – daleif Mar 7 '14 at 8:15