# Alternative sum symbol for Neo Euler

I love the (unicode) Neo Euler font from Hermann Zapf & Khaled Hosny. The only caveat is the \sum symbol, which is in my opinion just ugly: I hear it also from other people, therefore I wonder if someone designed an alternative sum symbol for Neo Euler?

I am aware, that I could load this symbol from the other unicode math packages (Cambria, Asana, XITS, LM, Lucida, Latin Modern, TeX Gyre), but they don't look nice with Neo Euler. • Without knowing what you dislike about the NeoEuler symbol and what you'd like to have… Nov 4, 2015 at 8:01

One possibility is to use my technique at How are big operators defined? to define \varsum, which takes the \Sigma glyph from the same font family and scales it to the size of \sum.

This approach has the advantage of using a glyph already in that font family. However, you may find the weight too heavy is the downside.

Note that I don't have the neo Euler font, so I demonstrate below with the eulervm package. After showing the \Sigma glyph on the first line, I then compare equations using \sum and \varsum in all math styles.

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{eulervm,scalerel,mathtools}
\DeclareMathOperator*{\varsum}{\scalerel*{\Sigma}{\sum}}
\begin{document}
\begin{align}
\Sigma &= 0\\
(x+a)^n &= \sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\
(x+a)^n &= \varsum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}
\end{align}

\begin{align}
(x+a)^n &= \textstyle\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\
(x+a)^n &= \textstyle\varsum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}
\end{align}

$\scriptstyle(x+a)^n = \sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\$
$\scriptstyle(x+a)^n = \varsum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\$

$\scriptscriptstyle(x+a)^n = \sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\$
$\scriptscriptstyle(x+a)^n = \varsum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{n}{k} x^k a^{n-k}\\$
\end{document} And here is a version that takes the \Sigma glyph in \scriptstyle by defining \varsum as

\DeclareMathOperator*{\varsum}{\scalerel*{\scriptstyle\Sigma}{\sum}}


It produces a wider result • Thx. Sigma has a nice shape, although a bit bold. I will try to make it thinner in a font editor. Nov 4, 2015 at 14:12
• @ManuelSchmidt That would be an ideal solution. Nov 4, 2015 at 14:36