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I am currently trying to show the domain of variables in a simple equation:

    x & \cdot & W_{1,2} & = & o\\
    \in & & \in & & \in\\
    \mdr^{1\times n} & & \mdr^{n \times m} & & \mdr^{1 \times m}

enter image description here

There are some more issues with this way to show the domain of variables, but this question is mainly about the rotated \in.

Failed tries

I've tried \usepackage{rotating}:

    x & \cdot & W_{1,2} & = & o\\
    \text{\begin{rotate}{-90}$\in$\end{rotate}} & & \in & & \in\\
    \mdr^{1\times n} & & \mdr^{n \times m} & & \mdr^{1 \times m}

The result looks like this:

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Related:… – egreg Jun 12 '14 at 15:13
You can \def\rin{\rotatebox[origin=c]{-90}{$\in$}} and use \rin instead of \in in your formula. Requires package graphicx – JLDiaz Jun 12 '14 at 15:18
Is this for a presentation with slides or for a paper? – Bordaigorl Jun 12 '14 at 15:27

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The result is really ugly:

x & \cdot & W_{1,2} & = & o \\
\vin && \vin && \vin \\
\mathbb{R}^{1\times n} && \mathbb{R}^{n\times m} && \mathbb{R}^{1\times m}

enter image description here

I'd simply avoid such visual description in print; I often use something like that on the blackboard, but it's a completely different situation. I'd prefer something like

x\cdot W_{1,2} = o
where $x\in\mathbb{R}^{1\times n}$ and $W_{1,2}\in\mathbb{R}^{n\times m}$.

in a printed document.

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Here's an idea for annotating an equation without affecting the spacing and with a clean way of rotating the \in:



\tikzset{m/.style={inner sep=0, outer sep=0,remember picture}}
      $x_0\cdot A^n = o$
      $\tikz[m] \node (x) {$x_0$};\cdot \tikz[m] (a) \node {$A^n$}; = \tikz[m] \node (w) {$o$};$
      \begin{tikzpicture}[remember picture,overlay, node distance=.5]
        \node[shape=circle, draw=blue,minimum size=1.5em] (xc) at (x) {};
        \node[below=of x] (xd) {$\mdr^{1\times n}$};
        \path (xc) -- node[sloped] {$\in$} (xd);


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You could try the \usepackage{rotating} package and use the \begin{rotate}{30}...\end{rotate} environment.

Untested - I have to the possibility right now.

Or use the approach described in Rotated $\ltimes$ symbol (\rotatebox command from the graphicx package).

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I've tried it and it looks ugly (see updated question) – moose Jun 12 '14 at 15:21
rotating is not the best approach. – egreg Jun 12 '14 at 15:22

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