I have a mathematical equation

K = \sum_{i \in \mathcal{V}} \left\lvert i^p - \mathbbm{1}_{\{i \in \mathcal{J}\}} \cdot k^p \right\rvert

that when compiled, looks like:

enter image description here

Is there a way I could lengthen the absolute value verticals and to somehow not make the p power exponentials crunch the i and the k, as well as a better indicator function. Any suggestions what I could do will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  • please always provide MWE, not just code fragment
  • use $$ for switch to math mode is not LaTeX command, instead it use \[ ... \] or \begin{equation*} ... \end{equation*}
  • for absolute value is sensible to define new delimiters as enable mathtools package (see MWE below)
  • your equation doesn't look so bad ...
\documentclass[border=3.141592, varwidth]{standalone}
\usepackage{bbm, mathtools}

K = \sum_{i \in \mathcal{V}} \abs*{i^p - \mathbbm{1}_{i \in \mathcal{J}}^{}{\cdot}k^p}

enter image description here

  • \lvert and \rvert are versions of | that receive opening and closing delimiter spacing. Mathtools isn’t necessary for this.
    – Don Hosek
    Jul 31 '21 at 22:39
  • @DonHosek, are you sure? Well, it is needed for \DeclarePairedDelimiter macro.
    – Zarko
    Jul 31 '21 at 23:03
  • It’s from amsmath. Amsldoc.PDF provides a suggested definition for \abs using it. Although with \left And \right even | will give the correct spacing.
    – Don Hosek
    Jul 31 '21 at 23:14
  • @DonHosek -- I haven't actually tested it, but I think that just | may not give optimal spacing. (It wouldn't if anything followed the right-hand vert.) Using \lvert ... \rvert is much better semantically. And although it's not really needed here, \DeclarePairedDelimiter does make things easier when sizing is required. Aug 1 '21 at 0:22
  • I'll have to try, but I believe that \left|\right| works on a similar mechanism to \left<\right>. I'll have to check later.
    – Don Hosek
    Aug 1 '21 at 0:42

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