I write my notes in statistics with LaTeX. The lector uses a special E as the sample space and I can't find it in LaTeX. Are there any other calligraphic math font styles then \mathcal and \mathscr?

Here's what the symbol looks like handwritten:

symbol image

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    Have you tried detexify ( detexify.kirelabs.org/classify.html )? It works for fonts as well. If that doesn't help, it would be useful to have an idea of the character you are trying to reproduce. Could you sketch it and upload the picture? Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 9:00
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    Try eucal package and mathrsfs package. Theses are most common ones.
    – Leo Liu
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 11:09
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    Well, there's also \mathfrak.
    – Mico
    Commented Oct 19, 2011 at 11:09
  • detexify does not know it... i think its a very uncommon symbol, besides that the lector also said that some symbols he used are very uncommon even in literature... (All his slides are hand written)
    – reox
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 7:52
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    I wouldn't bother reproducing exactly the handwriting; \mathscr{E} seems like what the lecturer is trying to imitate.
    – egreg
    Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 10:14

2 Answers 2


Try doing:

  The sample space is $\mathpzc{E}$.

See The Comprehensive LaTeX Symbol, page 68 for a pretty complete list of math fonts available and how to get to typeset them.

You can also check A comprehensive review of mathematics in (La)TeX, page 95 onwards.

There's also The LaTeX Font Catalogue - Calligraphic and Handwritten Fonts.

  • i think this looks mostly like the handwritten one, thanks! i think i will just take this one, i will know what it is :)
    – reox
    Commented Oct 30, 2011 at 11:21

You can try rsfs: The code


The sample space is $\mathscr E$.


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  • no thats not the symbol.. i uploaded a picture from the slides. user.42.lefant.net/~reox/lfs.png
    – reox
    Commented Oct 20, 2011 at 8:12
  • @reox You should edit your question to include that picture. Like this, more people will notice it and may be able to help.
    – diabonas
    Commented Oct 27, 2011 at 12:07

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