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I want to write my linear program so that it looks like in this picture: integer program

meaning I want to have the following:

  • text aligned to the left
  • all the x_{j} variables to be one another
  • the i= and j= statement to be again to be one under the other

This is what I have so far:

\text{minimize} \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j=1}^{m} w_{j}*&x_{j} \\
\text{subject to} \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j:e_{i} \in S_{j}} &x_{j} \geq 1, i=1 ,..., n\\
                                         &x_{j} \in \{0,1\}, j=1 ,..., m

I tried using multiple &s, but either I use them and nothing changes, or I get the following error: Extra alingment tab has been changed to \cr \end{split}. I have searched this error and I know that it appeares if I forget to write a & or I have an extra one, but this is not my case. This is the code:

&\text{minimize} \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j=1}^{m} w_{j}*&x_{j} & \\
&\text{subject to} \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j:e_{i} \in S_{j}} &x_{j} \geq 1, &i=1 ,..., n\\
&                                             &x_{j} \in \{0,1\}, &j=1 ,..., m

How can I align them in the way that I want?

And also is it possible to do it without align? Because this program is at the end of my page and if I use align it gets placed on the next page and I don't want that.

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I find no reason for having x_{j} aligned horizontally. – egreg Jun 15 '14 at 13:39
How do you think it should be aligned? – Jessy09 Jun 15 '14 at 14:42
I think it should be aligned to the left with the summation; what if the first condition were \sum a_jx_j? Would you align the x_j? – egreg Jun 15 '14 at 14:45
So you're saying that in the second line x_j should be next to the sum? And only the x_j in the 2nd and 3rd line should be one under the other, right? If yes, that's how they are aligned in the second answer. – Jessy09 Jun 15 '14 at 14:55
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Something like this. Use of array

enter image description here


\usepackage[paper size={10cm,5cm}]{geometry}
\text{minimize}  & \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j=1}^{m} w_{j}&x_{j} &\\
\text{subject to}& \displaystyle\sum\limits_{j:e_{i} \in S_{j}}   &x_{j} \geq 1,  &i=1 ,..., n\\
                 &                                                &x_{j} \in \{0,1\}, &j=1 ,..., m
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Yes. This is what I was looking for. Thank you! – Jessy09 Jun 15 '14 at 9:45
You are welcome. Jessy09. – Jesse Jun 15 '14 at 9:47
... should be \dots. – Svend Tveskæg Jun 15 '14 at 20:11

The = signs are not quite vertically aligned. Here is a solution with alignat* that gives a correct alignment, and has a somewhat simpler syntax. I also propose a variant, where the sums are aligned, and the x_j are only partially aligned, that look better in my opinion:

\usepackage[paper size={10cm,5cm}]{geometry}


 & \text{minimize} & ∑_{j=1}^{m} w_{j}x_{j}& \\
 & \text{subject to} \quad& ∑_{\mathclap{{j:e_{i} ∈ S_{j}}}}x_{j}& \geq 1, & i &=1 ,..., n\\
                 && x_{j}& ∈ \{0,1\},\quad & j &=1 ,..., m

  & \text{minimize: } & & ∑_{j=1}^{m} w_{j}x_{j} \\
   & \text{subject to: }& \quad & ∑_{\mathclap{{j:e_{i} ∈ S_{j}}}}\begin{aligned}[t]
                    x_{j} & \geq 1,& i & =1, \dots, n\\[3ex]
                  x_{j} & ∈ \{0,1\}, & \quad j &=1 ,\dots, m


enter image description here

Variant: enter image description here

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You can use \mathclap for j:e_{i} \in S_{j}}. – Harish Kumar Jun 15 '14 at 13:16
@HarishKumar: Judicious remark. I've modified my code, but had to move the &x_j alignment point to & \geq (and similarly &\in). – Bernard Jun 15 '14 at 13:37
@HarishKumar: But if the Σ's align, there will be a gap between Σ and x_j in the second line! Or I didn't grasp well what you mean? – Bernard Jun 15 '14 at 13:52
@HarishKumar: Personally I would have aligned the Σ's and only the x_j's in the last two lines. But so required th O.P… – Bernard Jun 15 '14 at 13:55
@Bernard: When I wrote the question I didn't think about the \sum being aligned, I only wanted the text and the i= and j= to be aligned. But thank you for your response and I will consider aligning the \sum as well. – Jessy09 Jun 15 '14 at 14:40

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