Conventionally { and }; used to delimit groups or arguments in (La)TeX code.

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Annotating individual math terms with braces

I am trying to annotate individual terms of a mathematical expression, as depicted below. The problem I get is that the comment seems to be taken as part of the fraction, which unnecessarily extends ...
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Brace and text in side margin

Within a text, I would like to emphasize one or two paragraphs by placing a curly brace in the left side margin, and next to it some short text vertically centred around the brace's centre. The ...
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Dynamically sized brackets/parentheses for text

I'd like to have a large bracket that shows a relationship from one set of text to another, like this: Nam dui ligula, fringilla a, ) euismod sodales, sollicitudin ) vel, wisi. Morbi auctor ...
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Side braces - can somebody make sure I'm reading this right?

After some trial and error, and a little help from this stack overflow question I was able to put together this code: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} ...
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How can I get text underneath an underbrace?

I am looking to do something of the following: To get text underneath the underbrace. Is it involving \stackrel or some sort of similar command?
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How to form braces or brackets used in math formulas around nodes in a TikZ picture? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adding a large brace next to a body of text I'm trying to create a brace or bracket around two or more nodes within a TikZ picture. Since there are more elements in the ...
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how to remove additional space around \underbrace and justify the text under it

How do I remove the additional space around \underbrace justify the text under it, if the latter is longer than the text above it? To illustrate the issue: \documentclass{article} ...
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TeXShop: disabling auto bracketing?

Whenever I used an underscore it automatically adds those curly brackets to it. Now sometimes thats nice, but sometimes you really dont need this. Is there a way to disable that feature? I roamed ...
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Adding underbrace in tikz

I have this code to draw a mass on a spring and now I want to have a curly brace below the spring to denote the distance: x_0. How do I do this? \begin{tikzpicture} ...
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Remove additional space around \underbrace{…}

How do I remove the additional space that is added when using \underbrace{...}, to get the same width in both lines: \documentclass{scrreprt} \usepackage[ngerman]{babel} \usepackage[utf8]{inputenc} ...
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Nested macro envocation - syntax error?

I get a Argument of \\drs has an extra }. when I try to process the following: \documentclass{article} \usepackage{tikz} \newcommand{\drs}[2][lambda/.initial={}]{% \{% {\pgfkeys{/drs/.cd, #1, ...
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Double square braces like these ⟦exp⟧?

How do I create mathematical equation double square braces like these ⟦exp⟧ in latex? I failed to find it on google (I created these using word 2010 equation editor). I would like these to be of ...
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Strip one level of braces for using keyval-value within nested keyval

I have defined my own figure command using xkeyval and I want to pass arguments for the nested \includegraphics as one of its keyvalues (maybe I stripped too much code, but I hope you get the idea): ...
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Double braces in equation

I'm trying to create the attached image formulae. But I don't know how to get the double braces to work. This is my attempt with only single brace. x(t_n) = \left\{ \begin{array}{l l} 0 ...
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\underbrace symbol is wrong

Hey guys, I tried to google the solution, but I didn't find any solution to this. I am using beamer,xelatex to prepare a slide. When I use \underbrace, the brace doesn't show, instead, a crappy symbol ...
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Vertical spacing with underbrace command

How can I set how much vertical spacing is put between my equation and the curly bracket used in underbrace? As an example, I feel like the following just puts the brace too close to the equation: ...
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Missing } inserted, yet braces are balanced

Regard the following document: \documentclass[a4paper,reqno]{amsart} \usepackage{amssymb,amsmath,amsthm,fullpage} \begin{document} For each $k$ we denote by $\lambda_k$ the $k$th symmetric ...
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overbrace but leave spacing in math unaffected

I would like to use an overbrace, but I do not want how much text I put in the overbrace to affect the spacing of the math (i.e. I don't want the the "a" and the "b" to get further apart in the ...
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Large braces to specify condition in a set

How do I define this in LaTeX - I am writing a description of a set, and I need huge braces because I have lot of clauses to fit in, and it will take more than 1 line. For example: A = \{ (x,y,z) : ...
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natbib: Error when citing paper with similar authors and same year

I get a strange error when I try cite two certain papers in the same document, when I use the natbib package (with numbers option enabled). If I trim the author list or change the year of either ...
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Showcase of brace tricks: }, \egroup, \iffalse{\fi}, etc.

There have been a few questions about braces recently, specifically about when to use them (see this and that question). Note: I had mistakenly stated that SamB was the author of both questions. But ...
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equality sign and fraction bar alignments in complex fractions around braces

When some math expressions such as complex fractions are around the braces which should be on the same baseline, besides, equality sign should be aligned with vinculum, how can we handle? For example, ...
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large braces for specifying values of variables by condition

How do I typeset something like, X = 0 if a=1, 1 otherwise, using those huge left braces and specifying each condition in a line?
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Put a curly brace under an ellipsis in a math setting?

so I have $m\times n = n + n + \dots + n$ in my text right now, but I would like to put a curly brace under the \dots to emphasize that there are m n's involved. How would I do this?
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whitespace/brace/indentation conventions for LaTeX programming

This question is not about formatting the text/markup of a document. I'm really focused on the programming aspect of LaTeX. I'm working on a fairly large set of document classes and packages, and ...
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Horizontal braces with XeTeX take too much space

After some experiments and tests, I managed to create the following code for \upbracefill and \downbracefill in Plain XeTeX, which it seems is that used for \underbrace and \overbrace: ...
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Aligning the right parts in multiple \begin{cases}

Is there an intelligent way to left-align the parts right of & of the two cases environments shown below (if x >= 0, otherwise, if y < 0, otherwise). I wonder if there is a better way than ...
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A lateral brace to group a set of equations with labels

I have a set of equations that I'd like to display together (as an example, the Maxwell's equations). Requirement #1: I'd like to have them labelled like in an align environment \begin{align} ...
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Aligning across 'aligned' equation blocks

I'd like to format two groups of equations such that all their equal signs line up and such that I can put a big brace to the right of each block to annotate that block. The last part is easily ...
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Why do people use unnecessary braces?

I often see people creating new macros where the macro token is surrounded by braces. For example, \newcommand{\foo}{foo} This is unnecessary and I find the extra braces make it harder to read. Why ...
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Adjusting vertical alignment of underbraces

Is there a way to align multiple underbraces so that they sit on the same horizontal line? For example, the following code \[ \biggl( \underbrace{0,1}_{A}, \underbrace{\frac{1}{2},\frac{1}{3}}_{B} ...
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Using braces to label parts of an equation

Given an equation, say Bayes' rule, $P(X \mid O) \propto P(X)P(O \mid X)$ how do I label the different parts of the equation using curly braces?
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Adding a large brace next to a body of text

I'm writing a short document listing some chronological events. I want to pick out a period with a big brace. Here's a quick mockup: What's the best way to do this? Can I set the size declaratively ...