Is there an elegant way of writing "iidN()" in LaTex, other than just writing it "iidN()"?

That is, is there a macro for "iid" and/or for normal distribution "N" symbols?

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    Scrap that. I meant i.i.d. $X \sim \mathcal{N}(\mu,\sigma^2)$. – jub0bs May 9 '13 at 18:54

I'd recommend defining macros to reduce the number of keystrokes for i.i.d. and \mathcal N, if you use them a lot: this will.allow you to quickly type them out, and quickly change the way they're typeset if you decide to. For instance:


\iid~$X \sim \pN(\mu, \sigma^2)$

If you want to write i.i.d. without a nonbreaking space, I'd recommend \iid\ (note the space).

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