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We all know that \binom{n}{r} in math mode renders the binomial coefficient. For the purposes of a note, I am TeXing up, I am interested in designing a new math operator.

Suppose I called that operator as \bil{}{}, I would like the following input \bil{n}{r} to give <n,r>.

Can anyone please help me with how I would do that?

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How about

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If I understand correctly, can we replace \left< by \langle. I think \langle looks good right? – kan Mar 30 '12 at 19:48
BTW, thanks very much for your answer. – kan Mar 30 '12 at 19:48
@KannappanSampath If you wish, but I believe \left< will come out as \langle. Do you see a difference (apart from the fact that \left< can grow)? – Stephan Lehmke Mar 30 '12 at 19:50
And, thanks a lot. +1 – kan Mar 30 '12 at 19:53
(Firstly, I agree with your code. It looks much better with \left< than with \langle.) – kan Mar 30 '12 at 20:05

Someting like this will work:


\newcommand*{\bil}[2]{\ensuremath{\langle #1,#2\rangle}}


Text Text \bil{4}{11} Text Text or \bil{m}{k} even $a=\bil{u}{r}$

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Yours works just as fine. Minor Beautification: \left< and \right> works well when I tried. Thank you for the answer. +1 – kan Mar 30 '12 at 19:58
You are right, it's better, especially if you want the angle to stretch. – Peter Breitfeld Mar 30 '12 at 20:06
@PeterBreitfeld Please, have a look at tex.stackexchange.com/questions/34830/… about \ensuremath. – egreg Mar 30 '12 at 21:31
@egreg, thank you for this interesting link. – Peter Breitfeld Mar 30 '12 at 21:49
The "use-\ensuremath-only-when-really-needed" campaign is still going on. :) – egreg Mar 30 '12 at 21:55

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