{symbols} is about specific non-alphabetic symbols or math symbols, e.g., about looking-up, constructing, or using symbols. For questions about {fonts} or alphabetic {characters} use the respective tag instead.

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how to use MnSymbol along with other packages

I'm writing a file about algebraic topology, which means that I need all sorts of mathematical symbols, along with many various packages. I tried to use MnSymbol for its various arrows, only to find ...
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\sqrt: The vinculum and the rest of the radical are misaligned

When the height of the radicand exceeds a certain threshold, LaTeX replaces the check-sign-like part of the root sign with a more vertical one. This behavior has a flaw: The vertical replacement part ...
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Help with math symbols in BibTeX

I am writing a PhD thesis using LaTeX. Every thing is going fine, but I have problem with the output of the mathematical symbols in the references lists. I copy one example from the Pdf file to make ...
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Is there a standard symbol for conditional independence?

I have found this symbol defined as: \def\ci{\perp\!\!\!\perp} on the wikipedia page for Conditional Independence. There's this from the Comprehensive LaTex Symbol List page 106: Donald ...
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siunitx: specifying custom command as input-symbol

This is a follow up from siunitx uses math mode for symbols - workaround needed when using different fonts for math and text. The problem has been solved thanks to David, however there is a problem ...
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What is the best symbol for vector/matrix transpose?

What is the best or most popular symbol for vector/matrix transpose? I have used simply ^T, for example $c^T x$. I think it is ugly, mainly because it is a little too big compared with vector ...
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X mark to match checkmark

I am looking to have an X mark that compliments the \checkmark symbol in the amsmath package. I've had a look at some in symbols-a4.pdf but can't seem to find the matching one! What symbol works well? ...
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Free ornaments font

I'm looking for a free ornaments font. I know about webomint and pifont. Where can I find more glyphs?
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How do I change the font of a letter?

This is a partial re-asking of my question Can I change the font and colour of a letter permanently?. The answers there focussed on the colour aspect of what I wanted. I also want to be able to ...
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How to stack limits for maths operators?

I have a question on how is it possible to create a \sum with two lower limits directly positioned right underneath each other. I have tried hard and cant seem to get anywhere with it.
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How to typeset block matrices?

I need to typeset a block matrix that is made of a 2X2 structure of blocks such that the (1,1) block and the (2,2) blocks are zero and the (1,2) and the (2,1) blocks are non-zero (and happen to have a ...
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Calculate prices

I want to calculate prices in a LaTex file. This means I want to add two numbers with exactly 2 decimal places and I want to multiply these values by an integer. An other thing is the output format. ...
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How to find out which glyphs are different in an OpenType style set?

With fontspec, and XeTeX or LuaTeX it's possible to access a font's OpenType features, including the Style Sets, e.g. like this: \addfontfeatures{RawFeature=+ss01;+ss18} TeX.sx has already taught ...
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How to make math symbols bigger?

Is there a way to make math symbols bigger? Reason: I've used \sfrac{q}{m}, and those symbols appear far to small, so I would like to make them a bit bigger. edit: I just thought that \sfrac{q}{m} ...
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Typesetting of negative versus minus?

I've occasionally seen a negative (when a number is simply negative, not a subtraction), typeset as negative sign that's slightly skinnier and above the centre line of text. Is this proper notation ...
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Latest advice on the euro symbol

I know there are many packages that offer the euro symbol (€). But which is the best implementation? I read something a couple of years ago [which I can't now find] that assessed the option. But even ...
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Creating Boxed Check Mark

Is there a way to create a box with a check mark in the center of it and the check mark coming out of the box? For example: $\boxdot$ or $\boxtimes$, but instead have a check mark placed at the ...
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How to fix missing or incorrect mappings from glyphtounicode.tex

glyphtounicode.tex has been described as the best solution for generating copy-and-pasteable symbols. However, I find that various symbols that I need to use do not paste as the appropriate Unicode ...
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How to use a custom, scalable, symbol in LaTeX

I want to use a custom symbol in my document that is treated like any other letter or math symbol by LaTeX. I do not want to superimpose existing symbols in order to create a new one but rather create ...
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How to write ≙ in latex

I want to use unicode character 2259 "estimates" in my document, but cannot find it in the symbols-a4 list or via detexify. It looks exactly like this: ≙ The closest I get is \triangleq: ≜, but it ...
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divides, not divides and cardinalities

In group theory it happens very often that you want to say: "The order of $H$ divides / does not divide the order of $G$." But the length of | is then always the same: $ |H| | |G| $ produces |H|||G| ...
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symbols of pencil, ruler and compass

How can I produce the codes to get the symbols of pencil, ruler and compass in LATEX? I'm gonna write a sentence I can draw this figure by using simple tools in my presentation. So I prefer to include ...
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Align \sqrt with baseline of other mathematical input

The following mathmatical expression is not being displayed the way I expect it to be. \documentclass{article} \usepackage{amsmath,amssymb} \begin{document} $3x\sqrt{y}-4-2\sqrt{y}+6x$ \end{document} ...
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Identifying a single math symbol

I would like to reproduce the following symbol: The proof wiki does not seem to refer to that symbol, I did not find any font corresponding in the Math alphabets and the mathalfa package by ...
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\star vs. \ast in formulas. Which one to use?

When you read a formula aloud you say "r and r-star are related by this formula". If you write this formula down you normally write an r with a six-handed star, which would actually be an asterisk and ...
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Detexify couldn't help me find >— and —<, can you?

These symbols are like arrow, except the arrow heads are inverted. Some ASCII art: >-- or --< Could you help?
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Looking for an appropriate icon for figures, one for tables and one for pages referring

Do you know any package that provides appropriate icon for figures, one for tables and one for pages referring(for example a camera and paper icon, ifsym package provides a paper icon but is there any ...
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Which symbols need to be escaped in ConTeXt?

When writing "$" or "%" in a document, one must used \$ and \% so that they will be interpreted as symbols which should be displayed along with the text. What other symbols need to be escaped in ...
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Rotation in \ddots

I want to write a math equation that needs power of dots. I tried these code {2^{2^{2^{\ddots^{2}}}}} But the dots needs to be rotated
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How can I get straight double quotes in listings?

My question is related to the following two How to have straight single quotes in lstlistings In the minted package, how do I enforce straight single quotes? but I'm specifically asking about ...
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Detect if all required glyphs are available

In XeTeX, a message is printed to the log file if a glyph is not available with the current font. The input \documentclass{scrartcl} \begin{document} α \end{document} leads to the following ...
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Using \leftroot{}, \uproot{} with closed square root symbol

As mentioned in this answer to Nice-looking p-th roots the amsmath package provides \leftroot{} and \uproot{} which allow you to move the position of the root to the left, and up in small increments. ...
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Annuity notation in LaTeX

How do you write this in LaTeX:
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Include < (fewer than) and > (greater than) inequality symbols

I'd like to include the < and > symbols into my document. First I tried to just type it in. But after generating the document I saw only an inverted ? instead of the > symbol. That's why I ...
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Symbol for “corresponds to” (equals sign with hat) [duplicate]

Recently in some LaTeX documentation I noticed that there is a special LaTeX command for the symbol meaning "corresponds to", which is similar to an equal sign with a hat on top. \hat{=} or ...
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A symbol for the field of formal Laurent series

In my area of math one of the objects that pops up quite often is the field of all formal Laurent series. Now the trouble is that the notation for this field is $\mathbf{C} (( t ))$. Now the two ...
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Configurable spacing after \dots

LaTeX adds some space after the ellipsis \textellipsis. This is enhanced by ellipsis package, which only adds space before certain characters (and also gives the option to configure “easily” the ...
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More aesthetic (perhaps shallower) superscript check symbol

The standard way to produce a superscript check mark in latex would be something like $\mathcal{E}^{\vee}$ (this is a notation often used for the dual of a locally free sheaf $\mathcal{E}$.) An ...
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AC source symbol in TikZ circuits.ee.IEC library

I can draw an AC source manually: \begin{tikzpicture} \draw (0,0) sin (1,1) cos (2,0) sin (3,-1) cos (4,0); \draw (2,0) circle (2.5); \end{tikzpicture} How do I declare an ACsource symbol so ...
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The modulo two sum sign in LaTeX

I would like to know how I can obtain the 'modulo two sum' sign (unicode 2A0A i.e., the letter sigma with a circle in its middle). I know I can obtain it by using the unicode-math package. But does ...
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Changing “-” to \textendash

I have a large LaTeX document, where hyphens are typeset with a single dash ("-") throughout. In my font, this shows up as a bold and vertically slightly off-center blob, but I'd like it to look like ...
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Inline boxes: alternative to pifont's non-filled-but-shadowed box?

I often need to draw inline boxes in specific rgb-colors. I really like how easy to use the pifont package is for this purpose. But just the filled boxes look as desired. The shadowish look of the ...
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A bold plus symbol in math mode

I'd like to use a different + symbol in addition to + in math mode, preferably one which is just bolder than the standard one. I'm currently using \pmb{+} from the amsbsy package, but it's a bit too ...
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LaTeX code for “white square brackets” 〚 and 〛 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to look up a symbol? How does one make the symbol for a blackboard bold kind square brackets ,something like [[.The symbol being talked about is used for containing ...
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Can spaces at the beginning of a line ever cause problems?

To structure my sourcecode, I often use spaces for padding: \newcommand{\st}[1]{% \begin{tabular}{lr} \emph{Student} & \emph{Score}\\ #1 \end{tabular}% } Can this ever cause ...
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Ellipsis with a period/fullstop

While quoting how ellipsis should be used if few sentences are omitted in between. (ommissions are not clauses or words or phrases, but sentences). For example if there is a passage like: This is a ...
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How to use an underscore in a filename

With the commands \openout and \write I output text into a file. I want this file to have a name of containing an underscore (eg. name_01.txt), but I'm unable to get the underscore in the filename. My ...
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How can I typeset an extra-long \textbar?

This is what I get with \textbar: This is what I want it to look like:
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Missing $ inserted

I am new to latex. I am trying to compile someone else's document. I have all the correct packages installed, but I get the following error: *Overfull \hbox <37.8394pt too wide> in paragraph ...
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Create my own mapping for XeTeX fonts

I'm trying to create mapping files, to make use of Cambria Math italic calligraphic and double stroke letters in Plain XeTeX. However, I'm unable to do so. This is what I tried to create for the ...