How to type big \{ and \} braces in this sentence:

$$P_{n,k}=\{\{x,y\}\in [X]^2: n=\min \{m\in
\omega: B_m(x)\cap B_m(y)=\emptyset\}; (x,y)\notin G_k\}$$

Could somebody help me?

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    Hi John, Welcome to TeX.SE! I edited your question by using the {} button.
    – cmhughes
    Mar 20, 2013 at 0:58
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    You can also do \left\{ and \right\}
    – dustin
    Mar 20, 2013 at 1:19
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    @cmhughes - Good one, about using the {} button to edit a question involving { and }...
    – Mico
    Mar 20, 2013 at 2:10

1 Answer 1


For your particular equation, using \left\{ and \right\} to get larger curly braces won't do you much good, as the material being encased by the braces isn't much taller than a parenthesis. Hence, I suggest you use \bigl\{ and \bigr\} for the inner set of braces (the stuff following \min), and \Bigl\{ and \Bigr\} for the outer set:

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\[ P_{n,k} = \Bigl\{ \{x,y\} \in [X]^2: n= \min 
\bigl\{ m\in\omega : B_m(x) \cap B_m(y)=\emptyset \bigr\} ; 
(x,y) \notin G_k \Bigr\} \]

Incidentally, the use $$ ... $$ to generate display-math equations is heavily deprecated. It's much safer to use \[ and \] (as I do in the example above). For much more on this subject, please see Why is \[ ... \] preferable to $$?

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