I have problem with the following math text: enter image description here

As you can see, the tilde over S is not actually wide, but it's squared nicely. On the other hand, the overline over the X is okay, but the deuce is placed ugly.

Im using Stix 2.0. I'd like to have tilde as wide as overline over the X and the square of X be positioned properly.

How to achieve it without changing math font?

I use XeLaTex. Stix2 is loaded as in MWE:


$$\widetilde{S}^2 = \int x^2 dF_n - \left(\int x dF_n\right)^2 
     = \frac{1}{n}\sum X_i^2 - \overline{X}^2$$
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    Welcome to TeX.SE! Please show the compilable code resulting in your shown screenshot.
    – Mensch
    Mar 15, 2019 at 17:21
  • Please tell us whether you use XeLaTeX or LuaLaTeX and how exactly you load the Stix Two Math font.
    – Mico
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:02
  • @Mico, i've edited the question
    – Ilya68
    Mar 15, 2019 at 19:11
  • Welcome to TeX.SX. When you post a question, please provide a "Minimal Working Example" (MWE) that starts with \documentclass, includes all relevant \usepackage commands, ends with \end{document} and compiles without errors, even if it does not produce your desired output.
    – Sandy G
    Mar 15, 2019 at 20:22
  • @SandyG, thx, I've edited the answer again!
    – Ilya68
    Mar 15, 2019 at 20:51

1 Answer 1


You can use \wideoverbar instead of \overline.

For the tilde, you can substitute it with the one from TeX Gyre Termes, but some low level tricks are necessary.



\setmainfont{TeX Gyre Termes}


  \protected\def\widetilde{\Umathaccent 7 \symtermesmath "00303\relax}%


= \int x^2 \,dF_n - \left(\,\int x \,dF_n\right)^{\!2}
= \frac{1}{n}\sum X_i^2 - \wideoverbar{X}^2


enter image description here

  • I had a similar problem with TeX Gyre Heros, and changing a \tilde to \widetilde fixed my problem (of the tilde being too low). Jan 19 at 21:21

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