I have code like:

N examples,each (input $x_n$, label $y_n$) $\in\mathcal{X} x\left{1,2,\dots,K,\right}$ and cost matrix $C\in\R^{KxK}$

Which I am using to replicate:

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But for some reason the code is not rendering - I am using amsmath. The error I get is:

  • 2
    You need \left\{ and \right\} (note the backslash before the curly brackets). However just \{ and \} alone (no \left and \right) would be preferable here.
    – Au101
    Aug 31 '16 at 22:49

Your main issue is that you need \left\{ and \right\} (note the \ before the curly brackets). However just \{ and \} alone (no \left and \right) would be preferable here. See these questions for more:

If you fix this problem, your code will compile (assuming you have already defined \R as \mathbb{R} - it is not defined by default). However, there are other problems with your code, try this:




\noindent% just for the example
$N$ examples, each $\text{(input $\mathbf{x}_{n}$, label $y_{n}$)} \in
\mathcal{X} \times \{1, 2, \dots, K\}$
  \boxed{\text{and cost matrix $\mathcal{C} \in \mathbb{R}^{K \times K}$}}
---will assume
$\mathcal{C}(y, y) = \green{0} = \min_{1 \leq k \leq K} \mathcal{C}(y,


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Your main problem is using x for \times.

For more information on why you were getting an error, allow me to plug my own answer over here: https://tex.stackexchange.com/a/253082/16968. Because \left and \right require a printable delimiter after them, you need to use \{ and \} (which produce the { and } delimiters) not { and } which are used to delimit arguments to LaTeX commands not to print delimiters in the actual output.

  • I removed the call to the package parskip, that's not necessary for the code. Its presence could be misunderstood as essential for solving the OP's issue, besides being a disputable typographic practice.
    – egreg
    Sep 1 '16 at 8:25
  • @egreg Thanks, I just found it the easiest way to reproduce the clear line above and below the boxed line in the OP's example, but your approach is good :)
    – Au101
    Sep 1 '16 at 14:17

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