Given the many similar questions on TeX.SE, my desired answer may be somewhere else on this site, but I have not been able to find it -- apologies if this is a duplicate!

I am writing the following in my document.

In this section, we introduce the concept of \textit{information percolation}, as introduced by Lubetzky and Sly.
The rough idea will be to separate the state space in `clusters', which will then be coloured \RED, \BLUE\ or \GREEN (at time $t$) according to the following (rough) conditions:


    the \RED\ clusters will be the vertices whose states depend on the initial configuration;}

    the \BLUE\ clusters will be singletons with votes that are iid $\Unif([q])$ random variables;}

    the \GREEN\ clusters will be independent of the initial state, but have highly nontrivial dependencies inside the clusters -- it is the green clusters that embody the complicated correlation-nature of the voting model.}


A formal definition is forthcoming.

Here \bcdot is simply \ensuremath{\bm{\cdot}}, using the 'bold maths' package \bm. This gives the following output.


This is in essence my version of an \itemise, use with spacing that I prefer. However, as you may have noticed, there are a few issues:

  • the spacing between the second and third lines is too small;
  • (most importantly) the bullet is in the centre of the three lines (horizontally), instead of inline with the top one.

How can I fix these two? -- namely, get the spacing unified and get the bullet on the top line?


I was actually able to solve my own question by using the enumitem package. The following is a MWE for this. Since I used this on a number of occasions throughout my paper, I made a new environment for it.





    \item item 1
    \item item 2


Of course, one can change the label to be whatever is desired.

This TeX.SE question is helpful for understanding enumitem: \topsep, \itemsep, \partopsep and \parsep - what does each of them mean (and what about the bottom)?.

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    You can just use the option label={\bcdot} instead of using \renewcommand. Also, for future reference, it is best to always provide a complete MWE including \documentclass and the appropriate packages in questions and answers. – Peter Grill Nov 21 '18 at 19:07
  • Ah, using \label={\bcdot} is far preferable! I tried something similar but it didn't work, so just used the \renewcommand. Also, I've just changed it to be in the form of a MWE. Thanks! – Sam T Nov 21 '18 at 19:33

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