I want to write (in math mode) \binom{a}{b} with square brackets [

I know that {a\brack b} exists for this, but somehow it doesn't work with me. Is there another way to generate what I want?

  • Actually, my problem is solved. I'm using someone else's tex file and they are defining \renewcommand{\atopwithdelims}[2]{{\genfrac{[}{]}{0pt}{}{#1}{#2}}_F}. After deleting this, all worked fine.
    – mathse
    Feb 14, 2015 at 13:54
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    Don't redefine primitives.
    – egreg
    Feb 14, 2015 at 13:56
  • But I didn't do it :)
    – mathse
    Feb 14, 2015 at 13:56

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The \binom command is defined by amsmath with


(not really like this but it's essentially equivalent).

I wouldn't redefine \binom, but rather \stirling:


The third argument is the fraction line thickness, the first two are the required delimiters; the fourth argument can be used to force a math style, say


in analogy with \dfrac.

  • Thanks for your answer. This will probably solve it (though my problem is already solved, see my comment above).
    – mathse
    Feb 14, 2015 at 13:54

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