I'm writing my thesis using mitthesis class. However, the numbering of the sections and subsections is not what I want. Right now my document has this numbering, but the 0 in X.0.X and X.0.Y should not be there. How can I fix that? Currently: Chapter 1 Introduction Section 1.0.1 subsection 1.0.2 subsection

Should be: Chapter 1 Introduction Section 1.1 subsection 1.2 subsection My code is


How can I solve it. I searched but I could not find the most relevant solution one to solve my problem. P.S. I am really new working with LaTex. thanks

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    You have not shown any relevant code but I assume you are using \chapter and \subsection but not \section or \section and \subsubsection but not \subsection. May 16, 2014 at 15:18
  • @DavidCarlisle, indeed. This user posted the contents of one of the included files in a non-answer posted a number of hours ago, and a misunderstanding of the sectioning hierarchy was the cause. May 16, 2014 at 15:23
  • @DavidCarlisle. inside chap1, I was using \subsection instead of \section. like this: \chapter{Introduction} \subsection{Problem Statement} and now I did as you said. thanks a lot
    – user22
    May 16, 2014 at 15:42

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I assume you are using \chapter and \subsection but not \section.

The middle 0 is the section counter which is still at 0 as there has not been a \section command.

  • Yes, you are right. I changed it like what you said. now it works well. thanks
    – user22
    May 16, 2014 at 15:52

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