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I was just wondering if it's possible to make lower case \chi bigger.

Basically I want the equation \chi^2_0 = \frac{1}{2} to have more space between the 2 and 0 like all the textbooks have but the \chi I get is tiny and so the 2 and 0 basically read like 20 vertically, is there a way to fix this/make it nicer? (I'm guessing there is since every stats textbook ever seems to be able to do it)

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You could play around with the regular text adjustments or by using \scalebox{<factor>}{<stuff>} from the graphicx package in the following way:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}% http://ctan.org/pkg/amsmath
\usepackage{graphicx}% http://ctan.org/pkg/graphicx
\begin{document}
\begin{align*}
  \chi^2_0 =& \tfrac{1}{2} \\
  \mbox{\Large$\chi$}^2_0 =& \tfrac{1}{2} \\
  \scalebox{1.5}{$\chi$}^2_0 =& \tfrac{1}{2}
\end{align*}
\end{document}

enter image description here

amsmath was just used for the align* and \tfrac functionality. If cluttering your input is a problem, you can put this in a macro (here I've chosen the first enlargement style):

\newcommand*{\bigchi}{\mbox{\Large$\chi$}}% big chi

and use it as \bigchi=\frac{1}{2}. You can play around with different font sizes or scaling values.

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Thanks, just what I wanted, bigger Chi. Never knew about scalebox. –  inTide Oct 21 '11 at 13:36

Exponents are set at the same height for all characters: there's no difference in height between $\chi_0^2$ and $X_0^2$. This is a good thing.

Exponents are set higher when the formula is in display math mode: compare $\chi_0^2$ and \[\chi_0^2\].

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A simple way to accomplish what you want would be to manually specify a smaller size for the subscript and superscript. A before and after comparison:

enter image description here

Changing the size of the \chi in inline mode would probbaly have an issue with the surrounding text.

\documentclass[border=3pt]{standalone}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}
\centering% used to center the inline display to produce a simpler image for presentation here
Inline mode: $\chi^2_0 = \chi^{\scriptscriptstyle 2}_{\scriptscriptstyle 0}$

\[\text{Display mode: } \chi^2_0 = \chi^{\scriptscriptstyle 2}_{\scriptscriptstyle 0}\]
\end{document}
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