I would like to get 1:n matrix with \left, \right size parentheses. Default size looks not so good. Now I have

f_0 & \ldots & f_L

The view I get

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I can get the view that I want like this

$\left(f_0 \quad \ldots \quad f_L\right)^T$

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but maybe there is a better solution?

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    Why do you think it doesn't look good enough? Try compiling \documentclass{standalone}\usepackage{amsmath,tikz} \begin{document}\begin{tikzpicture}\node[red] (a) {$\begin{pmatrix}f_0 & \ldots & f_L\end{pmatrix}^T$};\node[blue] (b) {$\left(f_0 \quad \ldots \quad f_L\right)^T$}; \end{tikzpicture}\end{document} I think pmatrix solution is pretty OK.
    – percusse
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 8:41
  • @percusse: Yes, in your sample document I can really see what I want, however, in my doc the view is not the same (see example in edited message). Is that because of other packages I use?
    – Pavasaris
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 9:00
  • @Pavasaris Quite possibly! It is best to compose a fully working (ie so that someone can cut-and-paste it and compile it without adding anything) example (preferably also minimal) so that others can see exactly what you're seeing. Commented May 24, 2012 at 9:12
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    You're probably using \setspace or another method for widening the interline space. So no: a one line "matrix" is out of the question, use the simple parentheses.
    – egreg
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 9:13
  • Of course, you can use \bigl(...\bigr) to have a bit larger parenthesis, which might look good.
    – yo'
    Commented May 24, 2012 at 9:32

1 Answer 1


If you are using a package such as setspace or a similar method in order to widen the interline spacing, then you're out of luck.

The array environment uses the current baseline skip (distance between consecutive lines of text) to set itself up and the matrix environments provided by amsmath rely on array and this is probably why the parentheses grow in your example.

You can circumvent the problem by defining your own command:


Then the input

$\rowvector{f_0 & \ldots & f_L}^T$

will work as you want.

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