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I am very new to any form of Latex and markdown coding but I am trying to assist my student as much as possible. He is visually impaired and is finding markdown, with maths in LaTex, really accessible so I am formatting his work as best as I can using that. However today I came across the attached example and I really don't know where to start! I can provide it in hard copy braille ok but I would like to know how it can be done in code Can anyone help please....this is for an almost complete novice![example]1

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    Welcome to TeX.SE! – Zarko Nov 25 '19 at 13:45
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for such equations is ˙in amsmath package defined environment cases:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{amsmath}

\begin{document}
\[
P(X=x) = 
\begin{cases}
  0.1   &   x=-2, -1    \\
  \beta &   x=0.1       \\
  0.2   &   x=2
\end{cases}
\]
\end{document}

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  • Thank you, that's really helpful. I can't yet begin to understand how it works, i wish I had more time to get to grip with it all. I have pasted it into stackedit (i am a beginner and my student uses the markdown,and by removing some code and it leaves me with the equation still perfectly in the window, but i'd love to know more about how it all works, idiots guide, or maybe you could break down a little what you have coded for me. I ended up with the following code still: $P(X=x) = \begin{cases} 0.1 & x=-2, -1 \\ \beta & x=0.1 \\ 0.2 & x=2 \end{cases}$ – LynnH Nov 25 '19 at 13:47
  • @LynnH, $ is for inline equation. For displayed equation with out numbering you should use \begin{equation*} ...\end{equation*} or shorter \[ ... \]. I'm not familiar with Markdown, so I can't help you with it, if this is problem. I also sugest you to read some introductory text about writing math: en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Mathematics and en.wikibooks.org/wiki/LaTeX/Advanced_Mathematics – Zarko Nov 25 '19 at 14:03
  • Hi, for my humble opinion the origin of code use it not seem in LaTeX. The brace is in TikZ. I not know this bracket in the usual LaTeX. – Sebastiano Nov 25 '19 at 16:22

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